Need help with buying an incubator

Bridgewater, ME

Looking at this on ebay. Hova bator 1602N with fan kit and turner(1611) and digital thermomter and hygrometer. 108.95 olus 18.78 S.H. Holds 40 eggs. Is this a good price and a good incubator for a beginner?

Ferndale, WA

Personally, I think it is an excellent investment. I love the Hovabator, in contrast though they look alike I hated the Little giant. I believe it is the best bator you can buy for the money...Just my opinion...Hay

Bridgewater, ME

I bought that one from ebay,don`t know if thats a good thing or not,now I need to tell dh

Ferndale, WA

It's just my opinion Green, but I think you will be very happy with it...I have found mine to be very easy to use and it maintains temps and humidity as well as any I have used...For my money it was a great investment...Hay

Bridgewater, ME

Thanks Hay,I`m excited to get it.

Bridgewater, ME

Hatch has started,due date was in two days so its a little early,have one pip.

Lodi, CA(Zone 9b)

Good deal.. that just means it was a little warm... just make sure the humidity is good and high! Good Luck!! Do keep us informed!!

Bridgewater, ME

How high should the hummidy be?

Ferndale, WA

Seventy is a good humidity level. If you don't want to add water,try a sponge to bring it up...Hay

Bridgewater, ME

ok

Bridgewater, ME

My new incubaotr came yesterday,it has a temp and humdity thermometer with it.I don`t have the humidity in the one I am hatching in now.The person I borrowed it from said just fill up both wells and don`t open it.She has hatched for years so I am doing what she said.I am almost tempted to put it in and check the humidity cause its been over 24 hours since this one has been chirping,I have no others yet that have piped.I have an acurite with the humidity reading for the house and our humidity is at 66 % in the house and will be rising as its going to rain this afternoon.The one that came with my new incu.is called incubator warehouse.com but the humidity is 6 points lower than the acurite in my home so which one is right?I know the acurite temp is right on because I bought another one just like it and had both in the incubator for a week and they read exactly the same temp.but had no humidity reader on it.Should I put this new one in and keep the humidity at 70% or just leave it alone?Remember this is my first time and am trying to do things right.

Lodi, CA(Zone 9b)

I haven't used that particular bator.. but I always try to jack up the humidity to at least 70 or 80... I have always used extra sponges but our area is totally dry.. a humid day for us is 20% :)

The eggs will "shrink wrap" if the humidity is too low. After "lock down" it's very important not to open it though. I have used a warm sponge to bring up the humidity quick if I did have to open it on lock down days.

Bridgewater, ME

I put in the hummidity thing and it read 52% with wells full of water so I put in a sponge and its staying at 65%,but this one read 6 points lower than my home one when put side by side for and hour,so I`m going to leave things aloneHope the little guy thats been trying to hatch can do it

Ferndale, WA

Green, if that pip has gone more than 24 hours, it is going to need your help in my opinion. Try to get the humidity up to at least 70-75. If you decide to try to help the one thats piped let me know and I will lead you through the proccess. It's not that difficult and you will soon become an expert mid-wife...LOL...Hay

Ferndale, WA

Green this is the proccess that I use when helping trapped babies. Take a sharp object, ice pick, letter opener, fork prong. Break away the egg shell gently from the pip area. Break away enough so you can see if the albumen is shrink wrapped. If it is tear it very gently from the baby being careful to not pull hard enough to tear the babies flesh. If at any point you see liquid blood stop and put the egg back into the bator. If you only see hints of blood continue to gently break away the shell and again very gently pull the albumen from the baby. The albumen is very tough once shrinkwrapped so be very gentle. The baby has to cut off the blood supply and again if you see any liquid blood stop and put the egg back in the bator...Good luck to you and just remember sometimes with all our attempts to help they still don't make it...It's a learning proccess you are going to have to go through if your going to incubate...Hay

Bridgewater, ME

I have a chick buy not the one that I have been watching,the humidity is up to 67% now,its one of my chicks and it is big.The one I have been watching since last night has feathers sticking out and it rocking back and forth so it should not be long now.Hope I don`t have to do any of that stuff Hay,not good at it,I will call my daughter she has done that once before for one of her friends.This is so exciting,hope all that hatch are healthy

Lodi, CA(Zone 9b)

If one hatched, that should really help the humidity. When I have one that is shrink wrapped, I keep a damp paper towel close.. or even a wet q tip.. if you moisten the stuck on spots they will release much easier.

If it is pushing, that is great!!!!

I hope the humidity raises up now..

Bridgewater, ME

Have four babies this morning,one polish and three orps.Today is hatch day so hoping as the day goes on there will lots more hatching.

Richmond, TX

Congratulations!

Eatonton, GA(Zone 8b)

This was a very informative and exciting read! Congratulations Green! Will be waiting on more news!

Ferndale, WA

I know Green you are one happy lady this morning. We are all so proud of this accomplishment. A big CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU...Hay

Bridgewater, ME

Here are the four,one is a polish and the other three are blue and splash orps.

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Richmond, TX

Awww! So cute.

Bridgewater, ME

I thought sure I would have all kinds of hatches today as it was day 21,only one polish has been trying to hatch all day,nothing form the rest of them,will give it two more days.

(Zone 6b)

So what is your opinion of the incubator?

Bridgewater, ME

i`ll let you know in a couple days.LOL

Lodi, CA(Zone 9b)

I love the baby Polish! Look at that head! :) How cute!!! Love the lil chick toes too... Congrats!!

Bridgewater, ME

The one polish that was trying to hatch just could not do it,so I called my daughter to come and help it,she had done that before for a friend of hers and it worked out good.Took her 45 min.it was shrink wraped,I had turned the humidity up to 80% a couple hours before she came and it still couldn`t hatch so I called her.It started zipping on the pointed end to.I was really worried it didn`t look to good last night when I went to bed,I said a prayer for it and when I got up at 5 and looked this sweet little face was looking at me!Thank you God for answering my prayer.I did take pics of my dd I`ll post one.This is day 22 and not more pips,I still have 9 polish and 12 orp eggs.Will give them another 24 hours.I thought that my orp hatch would be small as the mail ride was awful,with broken eggs.But I was hoping for more than 3.

Bridgewater, ME

Here he or she is

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Bridgewater, ME

another

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Bridgewater, ME

The one in the front is the polish that my daughter helped out of its shell,its not fluffed up yet but is dry so he is in with his hatchmates.No other pips so I guess thats it out of all them eggs,what a waste.

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Bridgewater, ME

Tilley is fasinated with them

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Bridgewater, ME

Poor little polish has pasty butt,just got him or her cleaned.

Lodi, CA(Zone 9b)

Get a clump of grass with a dirt ball in the brooder.. that will fix pasty butt in no time.

That is a good hatch for the first time! You are lucky to have gotten anything! I'm sorry you aren't happy with the results.. I know the feeling.

Richmond, TX

I think you did well too. Are you hooked on hatching yet?

Bridgewater, ME

Yes I am hooked,just told dh that I want to fill my incubator with as many eggs as it will hold from my own flock,keep some to replenish mine and sell the rest at a chicken swap to pay for the bator.ZZ thanks for reminding me about the grass will go out right now and dig up a bit.

Lodi, CA(Zone 9b)

Were those shipped eggs? If so, you are VERY lucky to get anything on your first hatch! Home grown will hatch even better.

You can collect eggs for at least 10 days to 2 weeks.. I just had a broody on 19 eggs.. 13 hatched.. She is in there alone, those were all hers.

Ferndale, WA

I have to agree Green, your hatch was not only successful, but filled with experience, and each and every time will soon make you and experienced breeder. Rejoice, and again I say rejoice...Hay

Bridgewater, ME

Thanks guys,I thought it was something I had done,that was a lot of eggs not to hatch.But 11 were my friends polish that she brought from her flock and only two of them hatched.I am going to start today colecting my eggs untill I get enough to fill my incubator.

Eatonton, GA(Zone 8b)

Great Job Green!!
I litterally am giving up on hatching in the incu, if Mama cant get them to hatch I just am not going to try any more! Besides I can get pretty much any breed chick I want locally. We have so many chickens heads living btween me and north Georgia. Here lately I have been running into very nice people who just got way too enthusiastic this past spring buying new chickies and were willing to give a lot of them to new homes for free.
I am not saying for anyone to give up on their incubating though, I was and still am thrilled with the process, but I just never seem to have much success at it . So I will leave it to those of you who can!!!! ...and wait to see all of your successes! Green yours are great and soooo sweet!

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