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?
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
There is not that many peaple here who have chickens and the ones that do they just throw all the breeds in togather,I have put on craigs list that I would like some blue black or white orpington eggs to hatch and so far nothing.One of the reasons I started rasing orps was because they were suppose to go broody,not one of mine has.The little polish is just not thriving,I gave it some vit. this morning,but it sleeps most of the time,I have seen it drink but not eat.The other ones are running and jumping but not him.Mostly what you see here for breeds are RIR,and sex links The little polish died a little while ago,so sad didn`t even get to be a chciken.
Green, you don't need to know if its empty. Just read the humidity, and if it's low put in a half glass of water. after three or four minutes read the humidity again and if it's still low add the other half glass, if it's to high pull out the red plugs and let the humidity escape for a few minutes. Also make sure you leave one egg hole empty in the center area so you can pour in the water. You don't have to see where its going, it will go into the ditches designed to hold the water...Hope this helps my friend...Hay
To late for the empty hole,have them all filled,I watch the humidity and add about every three days,pretty much know now what to do.Thanks Hay and will remember to leave one egg out next time.This will my last hatch for this year.Gave away four roosters today YEAH