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Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
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Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 14 3:08 pm    Post subject: What incubator are you using?  Reply with quote    

The display on my RCom incubator has gone kaput and I'm looking to buy a replacement. Think I'll avoid the fancy digital display, but want something that turns automatically. What are you guys using and how's it working for you?

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 2346
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 14 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I bought this one in 2006 and have had very successful hatches from it but I am now looking for a different one ..so will watch this post with interest.

http://www.theincubatorshop.co.uk/products/details/213.html

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35907
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 14 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm a Brinsea person. I've gone up through the range as I've been hatching more and I've got an Ova Easy 380.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
Posts: 8698
Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 14 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got brinsea too - a 10 and an eco 20 with a turner- does ok by me

Luath



Joined: 03 Dec 2009
Posts: 758

PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 14 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brinsea here too - Brinsea Octagon Advance with autoturn cradle. Had great results from my first time last year. Shame the badger demolished a lot of my hard work, but will try again.

soufle



Joined: 10 Apr 2013
Posts: 8

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 14 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

because I didnt want to spend a huge amount of money on an incubator .I bought a second hand Covatutto 20 (40 ) ,it has an automatic turner and my first and only hatch so far produced 17 out of 18 chicks, the 18th was stuck in the shell.I see that Ascott smallholding supples are the agent and the 20 has now been replaced with the 24 (bigger and smaller available also ) .They also stock spare parts. I wouldnt hesitate to buy a new one. I just cant justify the cost of the very expensive though no doubt excellent alternatives.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35907
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 14 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The lady who used to run Ascott told me once that she rated Covattuto and Brinsea equally well. I had the big Covattuto 120 before this Ova Easy and it was fine. I ordered a number of spare parts for it from an Italian supplier who had fantastic customer service. I no longer deal with Ascott, though - the new people have a track record of appalling customer service with me and despite my historic loyalty to the company I couldn't bear the struggle it took to actually buy anything from them and not lose my temper at how apathetic and rude they were.

Melli-Jane



Joined: 09 Mar 2011
Posts: 272
Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 14 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have an r-com suro, and I also have a motley set of hand me downs and ebay purchases including - an AB Newlife, 2 x large Curfew cabinets donated from the local zoo (very good at hatching penguins i'm told ) and a Fiem cabinet that I bartered some pork which is brilliant (there is one on ebay for 285 at the mo so i'm happy)!

most of them work 50% of the time, my electronic engineer partner is slowly upgrading them with new fans, heaters and digital thermostats but I much prefer them to newer plastic incubators and my hatch rate is actually better in the cabinets than the suro...

I hatch and sell turkey poults so need to have steady batches on the go, and my plan this year is to get my Ixworth flock up and running.

chickenlady



Joined: 18 Aug 2013
Posts: 413
Location: Dorset
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 14 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a Brinsea 40 too...very good. On an auto-turn cradle.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
Posts: 6514
Location: Dordogne
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 14 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brinsea Octagon 20 Eco and a Covatutto 50.

Happy with both.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8407
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 14 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A very old (30+ years) Brinsea hatchmaster.
Totally reliable & easy to moderate the humidity with a wet bulb thermometer.

soufle



Joined: 10 Apr 2013
Posts: 8

PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 14 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez, Ive only dealt with Ascott once, I bought an Earthway seeder from them.It came with so many different sized discs as standard but I needed some different sizes.despite being available in the US singly ,they insisted I buy a box of five ,three of which I didnt need and havnt used,they wernt very helpful.
However i'd have to deal with them if I needed spares....annoyingly.

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 10498
Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 14 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A duck

I'd love to get an incubator but that 's a whole new game and would involve persuading OH it was a good idea - something that is very likely to fail

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