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WHERE TO BUY AN INCUBATOR???
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Grace R    Posted 09-08-2004 at 20:14:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey all this is Grace I was wondering if anyone knew where I could buy or order and incubator or two or if anyone is interested in selling theirs could you please let me know? I have been searching online and also around here etc but No-one seems to sell them anymore.......I would appreciate any numbers or websites that you could send! Thank ya'll
Grace
409 284 3930(say its about and incubator for Nathan)


Farmall    Posted 09-09-2004 at 18:42:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]

NASCO, a livestock supply company outa Wisconsin handles them also, and has a catalog to boot. If interested, let me know an ill give you the number


Judy in NC    Posted 09-09-2004 at 07:48:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just thought I'd share with you my experience using an incubator - it has been VERY disappointing.

I purchased one from Southern States (a feed store chain here). I did not purchase the automatic egg turner, or the optional fan kit for air ventilation (which adds to the cost CONSIDERABLY, but I think probably would make all the difference in the hatch rate). It holds about 50 eggs at a time. I have had an extremely low hatch rate - like 10% or so. I have tried every possible idea to increase the hatch ratio. I monitor the water to keep the humidity up. I make sure the eggs are cleaned before putting them in - preferably from a clean nest, and just wiped with a dry cloth, but use a moistened paper towel if necessary. I have tried a weak germicidal solution on the eggs. (I had read this helps a lot with duck eggs.)I turn the eggs faithfully. It just seems they are so fragile and the embryos die at various stages. I have had a lot of them fully develop and just not hatch. When I read the likely causes for this they didn't seem to apply in my set-up. The strange thing is I tried a couple of batches of guinea eggs this summer and had almost 100% hatch rate! I know my chicken eggs are good - 100% hatch rate when a hen goes broody and I put eggs under her. I'm just not too successful at mimicking her efforts. I feel like a murderer when things go bad with the batch.

For my purposes, I've decided I'm better off ordering chicks. I don't lose the use of ALL those eggs I've been putting in the incubator, save a GREAT DEAL of manpower time spent turning and monitoring the eggs, and the bought chicks are pretty inexpensive - about 20 cents each (when purchased by the hundred). I'll probably keep hatching the guineas - I can raise the keets myself (verses their dimwitted mothers losing them) :-) and keep them safe, they hatch well, and would be expensive to order.

Hope you have better success!

Judy in NC


KellyGa    Posted 09-08-2004 at 20:49:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I know for a fact my Feed Supply Store had them on the shelf last time I was in to get feed for my chickens. Where are you located? My supply store is Swints Feed and Garden Supply in Jonesboro, GA. I don't know if he will send you one through the mail, but it never hurts to call and ask.


donna in w.v    Posted 09-08-2004 at 20:29:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ours came from Tractor Supply Store they have a big catalog and we have bought several things from them also try Stromberg.com the have a magazine that sells chickens and all the equipment.Hope that helps. Grace you might want to post this again in the morning and try to catch KellyGa or Cindi they might have a few good ideas,too


Ron/PA    Posted 09-08-2004 at 20:21:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's what Google had to offer.
Ron


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