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 Post subject: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:27 pm 
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A few months ago I became aware of a new stile of incubator that was on the Australian market.

Having seen it on eBay I thought at just under $125 delivered I was prepared it take a chance

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It seems they are made of a soft plastic similar to resealable containers such as Tupperware.

the egg turner seems similar to many of the basic Chinese incubators.

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the motor operates a lever that move the eggs smoothly over about 2-5 seconds this appears timed and the motor rotates just under 180 degrees this has the effect of stopping the egg turner in a different spot each time. If the eggs are upright the turner will tilt them and they will finish close to upright. however after a few cycles they eggs will fully tilt.

the display is of a LCD style and seems easy to read



the resolution on the display is 0.1 degree centigrade and 0.1% humidity

an initial check suggests the temperature display is reasonably calibrated.

initial impressions are the machine is quiet.

with no eggs in it it got up to temperature in less than 10 minutes (room temperature was 22 C)

there was a slight over run that the thermostat cut out and the temperature kept rising to 37.8 it was set at 37.6

The lid id translucent plastic that provided a good view of the eggs.

there are no wires attached to the lid the lid is flexible enough that it needs to be put on carefully to it sits properly and seals the unit properly.

how will it work?

I suppose the only way ti find out is to put some fertile eggs in it.


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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:36 pm 
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Oh! Interesting to see you bought one. I didn't have the cash spare to get one and play with it but I was curious. The one on ebay didn't have the light up egg tray did it? I mucked about with my trays and put some strip lighting in, but I don't think they'll actually work, lol.

Update with progress!


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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:42 am 
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Thanks for the review :)

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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
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Interested to see how it goes.

Personally not a fan of the tilting type incubators,


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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:42 pm 
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I filled the incubator with eggs this evening.

it took about 30 minutes to get up to temperature 20 C in the shed

the temperature is holding between 37.4 and 37.7 with it being set at 37.6

the humidity is between 51% and 53% presently the rcom 20 on the bench beside it is sitting at 52% (it is set at 45%)

the thermostat on the rcom flashes constantly.

the YZ-56A it cycles about 15 seconds on and then about 30 seconds off.

the humidity display only seems to display a 1% resolution the digit after the decimal place seem to just sit on zero.

I have an flannelet shirt on it to conserve heat/electricity

So far it looks reasonable.


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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:08 am 
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An update:

I candled the eggs this evening it seems the eggs towards the front of the incubator are more advanced.

On touching the eggs at the back they seem a little cooler as well.

Another issue I noticed is that I unplugged the incubator and then plugged it back in this was a 2-3 second interruption to the power.

The incubator went off and stayed off (it needed to be turned on again) some country areas seem to regularly have blackouts that last less than 30 seconds. this incubator would need to have the on off button pressed for it to start again.

However the timer settings were not lost

I would imagine this could be a deal breaker for people with dodgy power.

My Rcom by contrast just beeps for 30 seconds and keeps going as usual it has an extra decimal place in the temperature readout that flashes to let you know the power went off until you press the reset button.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:00 am 
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Useful info about the power pentaque. That would definately be a deal breaker for me. The JN also has warmer and cooler areas but does come back on after a power off.


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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 9:00 pm 
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After a few weeks the results


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My impression would be: using a gun type infrared thermometer the eggs along the sides and back row were cooler.

However there was a similar variation in my King suro so perhaps my measuring technique is poor or the thermometer is made to measure in a different range.

There is a large ridge in the bottom that seems likely to interfere with the airflow. This is likely to be to be there to reduce the chance of overflow from the humidity channels going into the fan.


The turning function seemed to work ok.

the buttons on the front need to be pressed firmly to work consistently I only pressed them lightly and twice the incubator turned on and a latter it was turned off.

Once the temperature got down to 22 degrees and I would estimate it was turned off for several hours another time the temperature got down to 30 degrees.

Generally I did not have a trouble free incubation and the machine is quirky.

If this is just my machine or typical of all these incubators I don't know.

It was a pleasant improvement on the manual turning incubators I have used in the past.

if you are prepared to fiddle and tolerate its quires I will suggest that for 2-3 dozen eggs it could be a moderate incubator.

However if you want a set and forget machine you will be disappointed.


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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2016 6:44 pm 
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Thanks for the feedback. It is good to know. Some machines have more quirks than others so it does pay to have a test drive first.

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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 1:04 am 
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Having used the incubator some more I candled some eggs in it and I have had 100% start to grow while this doesn’t mean 100% will hatch.

It is a lot better than any results I have got using a Bellsouth 100.

I have been leaving the rear row in the egg turner empty.

Presently I am happy with the incubator and for home use It seems reasonable.

How the incubator will last and the quality if the components in in it I don't know but so far it seems reasonable.


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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:05 am 
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Now I have had the incubator 4 months.

After having the incubator turned of for about a month over winter I discovered the lid had warped and there was about a 5mm gap in one front corner of the lid.

On seeing this a put a weight on this corner and the opposite corner (1l bottle of water) and the lid now only has a about a 1mm gap.

While I have a rag over the incubator to help insulate it it is working fine (it is about 10 C in my shed)

The fan is now noisy for a minute or two on start up.

If you have the personality type that you like things of a high standard, a gap in the lid may bother you but it still works adequately.

How long the service life of the machine will be I can't say but it seems likely that if you run the incubator constantly for 9+ months of the year that you may only get a few seasons from it.

Equally there may be people who only hatch 1 -3 lots per season and so for these people the machine would last a lot longer.


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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 3:02 pm 
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I am uncertain what you mean I have had 100% hatch rates from it but the back row and left hand side deem cool to me.


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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:55 pm 
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I am not incubated duck or goose eggs the temperature is adjustable and the humidity could be varied.

My concern would be that the egg turner is of a fixed size.

The egg turner can be removed if you were prepared to turn the eggs manually.


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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:37 pm 
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I have decided to try turkey eggs in this incubator the spacing along the parts that turn was a bit close if the eggs were on the bigger side

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it will be interesting to see what happens


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 Post subject: Re: YZ-56A reveiw
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:10 pm 
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another update I have also incubated pheasants in the incubator successfully.

However the incubator has died after 7 months of use while the incubator is meant to be under guarantee the eBay seller is unresponsive.

This suggests that getting the part to repair the incubator is likely to be challenging.

While I found it versatile incubator the reliability issues suggest you would need to purchase it from someone who is likely to be able and prepared to honour any guarantee claims.

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i think the printed circuit has developed a fault.


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