Jennifer Lemerande

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I hatch 1000 eggs a year, I have a Brinsea an R-Com and a Sportsman cabinet style...
the Brinsea? Is an eco 20 octagon shaped incubator... my opinion? I HATE it, it’s miserable to clean because the lower portion is filled with foam and a metal bar for weight that rusts and who knows what bacteria grows in  that warm dark area with foam to live in... temp needs to be adjusted via a screw with no hash marks to gauge how much the temp will be adjusted, the temp or humidity levels are not shown you have to put a hygrometer in the incubator to check the humidity, and they attach a regular mercury thermometer to the underside of the cover so you have to totally remove the cover to check that thermometer   ... humidity is a Nightmare to control... one thing I do like is how this auto turner works, the entire incubator is rotated side to side and  since it’s best to hatch shipped eggs in an upright position this one works well for that, BUT the cradle to set the incubator in the Turner has narrow pegs to set the incubator i and I have bumped it off more then once..  otherwise I too had heard all of the “great” things about Brinsea and in my opinion it’s barely worth the effort to punt it out the patio doors... I basically use it as a brooder since the plastic top is easy to see through...

my R-Com is the R-Com 20 digital FABULOUS!! EASY TO CLEAN!! Easy to see, digital temp and humidity settings... easy to recalibrate if needed... the Turner is a side to side .. the “floor” under the eggs basically moves back and forth to roll the eggs... I do add a new piece of the rubbery cupboard liner under the eggs just sonthe turn a little better but it’s me over thinking it, it has always worked great!!you can’t hatch in an upright position though and although I’m not totally convinced hatching upright is better, I prefer an accurate clean incubator to one I can hatch in  upright if push comes to shove...
My Sportsman... once again I heard people sing their praises... my opinion... ahh not bad... but ... the door is on the narrow end making it “deep” if you ever piled the “back” of a Sportsman off you will be STUNNED how gross it is back there... I added hinges and the same clips they have on the front to the back so I can clean from both sides which was a DRASTIC improvement... it’s a good incubator if you want a bigger model but for the money you can convert a refrigerator for less money if you have the time and skills(which aren’t many) but patience getting the air circulation right to maintain temp is very important...
STYROFOAM incubators work fine once... sometimes twice, some eggs are harder to hatch then others... I never realized how big of a deal humidity was... ALWAYS keep 1-2 extra thermometers and hygrometers on hand to double check temp and humidity... but CLEANLINESS is huge and with the styrofoam ones that’s hard... some brands make a liner but if the air is circulating it’s still blowing everything around in there... DONT bother with any incubator that the air doesn’t circulate it’s just not accurate enough in al areas I the incubator... and I did find when I started with a styrofoam one(dont we all?) That I used painters tape all of the way around to help maintain temp and it was easy to remove to add water etc...
Craigslist often has incubators for sale,  just ask the seller to have it turned on before you get there, bring a couple ercury type  thermometers with you, even the $.96 ones from Walmart,  put them in, give it 5 mins and make sure your temp is up just over 99 degrees...a couple will let you make sure you don’t have a thermometer problem.... and  plugging it in when you arrive won’t let the interior come to temperature and will affect the reading...
just my $0.02... the book Brooding and Hatching your own chicks is also worth every cent with all kidnds of things that you never thought of that come up...
Good luck
P.S. NEVER rush to take your eggs out... I have had eggs hatch as late as day 24, especially shipped eggs... if you don’t need the incubator room for something else, leave them in there... if they don’t hatch they won’t get any more rotten and you just might be surprised
2 years ago