With my Hatching issues, thinking of upgrading, Good Incubator???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lockedhearts, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    I have had numerous hatching issues using a Forced Air Hova Bator 1602 with turner for incubation and a Still Air for Hatching. I have bought more hygrometers and calibrated them, bought instant read thermometers.
    I am frustrated.
    Thinking of upgrading to an "intermediate" bator. I was thinking Brinsea, but what other models are out there in the under $500 range that are good, also easy to use.
  2. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    Last year we got a Brinsea Octogon 40 and I was not impressed with it at all. It's all plastic and doesn't have the thermal mass to hold temp very well. With ours it seemed like everytime I looked at it the temp was different.

    Steve in NC
  3. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Quote:Thanks Steve, thats good to know. I may have to resort to begging hubby to build me a nice cabinet one, He would have time to do so if I would quit hatching and buying chicks.....
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I have 3 Hovabator genesis 1588 - preset electronic thermostat. Plug n' play. i wouldn't trade them for anything.

    1602 isn't much beter than a LG. Save them for back up but get the 1588.
  5. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Quote:Thats an idea, I need something pretty much automatic, I stay way too busy to hand turn so I paid extra for turners when I bought mine. I just want to get better hatches, I know shipping is hard on them, but I am convinced that humidity issues are a big part of my problem. I think I am going to find a couple of seriously good hygrometers too.
  6. SGM

    SGM Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    I have the genesis 1588 too and it is a breeze. When I started in 2006 hatching I used the basic hovabator model. I think it was the 1602. Didn't have the egg turner or anything. I had ok results. 50/50. Sometimes it went super and sometimes it went poorly.

    With this Genesis I've been having pretty good results. Only time I seem to have bad development is due to infertility where they don't develop at all or shipping scrambling. Those have the mobile air pockets. Eggs I set tend to nearly all develop. I haven't hatched any in mine yet. I plan to let my Cochin eggs that are in there hatch in it this go around.
  7. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    I went to GQF site and looked at them, I may go ahead and try one and use my others for hatchers. I figure that way if I stagger, Like usual a day or so apart I will be able ti have a couple different hatchers set up. Of Course I did look at the 1502 Cabinet style too, only 700, but think of all the eggs I could do.....
  8. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    If you spring for the GQF cabinet you will be able to build a hatcher so easy The hatcher simply requires the cabinet the fan the heating element and a thermostat. I built mine in a day, and another day to seal.

    You can build the hatcher a nice one for under a 100 dollars the turner etc is so difficult in the incubator.

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