Special Note – This is one of the best incubators I have ever owned. It is easy to set up, it works wonderfully well and it is on sale for only 160. This is one of the best times to incubate eggs for the coming spring. Chickens take 22 weeks to start laying and 21 days to hatch. Say you put your eggs in on Feb 1st, you will have chicks on Feb. 22nd, this birds will begin laying on or about July 26th, right about the time your existing flock heads into a 6 week molting cycle and lays very little to no eggs.
Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is IncuView All-In-One Automatic Egg Incubator. This is the absolute best incubator I have found without spending a fortune. We have used it for hatching both chickens and ducks, with chickens our results were outstanding. How about three batches of 26 eggs with a total number of hatched eggs of 76, that is 76 out of 78!
What I love about this incubator is everything is automated. All you really need to do is keep an eye on humidity and add a bit of water when necessary. You program the duration of incubation and the machine knows when to stop turning, you can also set how many times a day the machine turns the eggs. And don’t let the word “program” scare you if you if you are a techniphobe, I hate programming “gadgets” but this thing is really easy. The instructions are on one page front and back.
We have successfully incubated goose eggs in it and others have told us they use if for quail with great success. Due to how the turner works, one turner works for everything. It has a digitally controlled thermostat, so when you set it for say 99.5, that is what you get all the time.
There are cheaper incubators but then don’t have all these features. They certainly do not hold temperature as well. In my reptile breeding days I hatched literally hundreds of eggs in the well known Hova-Bator Incubator, yes it works, and it costs less, but is is a fiddly pain in the ass. In fact since I got my IncuView, the only thing I use my Hova-Bator Incubator for is starting seeds in cold weather.
If I wanted to hatch say 75 – 100 eggs a batch, I would honestly buy three of these before I would buy an expensive large commercial incubator. Like most products I settle on, this one just works, it always works and that is what wins my endorsement.
I would also like to suggest the following, this thing is kind of light weight, it is durable and ships well. It is not something most people would use all year long. So some of you may form groups and do a share with this item, either locally or by shipping it back and forth as needed. I personally sent mine to Nicholas Ferguson, he hatched duck and chickens with it and then shipped it back USPS Priority Mail for like 10 bucks. Just a thought.
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