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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:05 am 
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Does anyone have any suggestions for what type of egg incubator to buy for breeding silver laced wyandottes. I only want a small one. Maybe 12 to 24 eggs. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Egg incubators
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:53 am 
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I’d very strongly recommend the RCOM incubators. They’re reliable, easy to clean and have a good viewing window. There are various versions that hold different numbers of eggs, and some allow more operator programming than others. Chicken eggs are fairly straightforward to hatch so you probably wouldn’t need the fanciest version.

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 Post subject: Re: Egg incubators
PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:18 pm 
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Agreed Rcom - look at the King Suro (officially takes 24 chook eggs but will take 30) and get one size bigger than you think you need - so If you think you need a 12, you will be sorry if you don't get a 20. The genuine Janoels are also reasonable although take more management. Steer clear of the cheap yellow lidded ebay specials or the Janoel look a likes.


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 Post subject: Re: Egg incubators
PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:39 am 
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Definitely recommend the King suro, you won't be disappointed. Yes without the dividers 30 eggs and even 36 bantam / silkie eggs.with a squeeze :thumbs: ..


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 Post subject: Re: Egg incubators
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Another vote for RCom. We have the 50Max and sometimes I think it's not big enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Egg incubators
PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:22 pm 
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Thanks everyone. I went with the Janoel so I'll see how it goes.


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 Post subject: Re: Egg incubators
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Hope you have much success with it :)

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 Post subject: Re: Egg incubators
PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:32 pm 
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Don't throw out the polystyrene packaging - it is used as the insulation.


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 Post subject: Re: Egg incubators
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:35 pm 
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You allready have the best incubators ... Silver Laced Wyandottes ... Hard to beat !!


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 Post subject: Re: Egg incubators
PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:37 pm 
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sue55 wrote:
Agreed Rcom - look at the King Suro (officially takes 24 chook eggs but will take 30) and get one size bigger than you think you need - so If you think you need a 12, you will be sorry if you don't get a 20. The genuine Janoels are also reasonable although take more management. Steer clear of the cheap yellow lidded ebay specials or the Janoel look a likes.

I don't disagree with the advice given here, there are a lot of "junk" incubators on eBay that are just not worth it.

However, recently I needed to dramatically expand my incubation capacity up from 36 to about 150 eggs and I just wanted to try it without blowing too much cash. I looked at the Janoel 48 egg, but decided against it because the standard egg turner trays that come with them are like a long trough shape with no individual egg cups as such. This seemed impractical to me.

I ended up buying some cheaper Janoel lookalikes from eBay for like about $85 each (3 of them). They are the ones that look like Janoel and have a large circular bar heating element in them. They hold 48 eggs in turner trays with individual egg cups.

These have worked just fine for me, I would even say exceptionally well, BUT they needed adjustments from the standard settings. The standard temperature setting was too high. I had to set the thermostat to 37.3 degrees C to get the desired temperature (calibrated by an independent thermometer placed inside the incubator). Also, I discovered the turner does not turn a straight 90 degrees each time but slowly winds up at a different place each time so that sometimes it is as if it barely changed egg angle but at other times did. The turning frequency is set standard at 2 hours, but I changed the setting to turn every 15 minutes to compensate for possible insufficient turning angle at times. PLUS: DON'T THROW AWAY THE FOAM PACKING THAT THEY COME WITH. I cant believe people just toss this in the trash. It is absolutely essential to retain the very well fitting, quite thick foam packing and to house the incubator and run it INSIDE the foam packing. This gives it excellent insulating properties, retains temperature constantly and avoids overtaxing the heating element. With these changes I have hatched hundreds of chicks with about the same success rate as with my original smaller reputable incubators (IM brand).

DISCLAIMER: despite all this, unfortunately the heating element failed in one of these units after about 2 months use! They come with a 12 month warrantee so I will now see how easy or hard it is to get a refund, replacement or repair. I would think there is no point in repair and that they would just issue another unit. But I don't know yet whether they will require the broken unit to be returned. If so that would be a pain to do, even if they pay for it. But the other two units are still working. Is the odd fail acceptable at such cheap prices? Anyway, I will pursue the warrantee claim and see.

So that's my experience with the cheap eBay ones. Only this model (No-name brand, distinctive large circular heating element, yellow lid with 4 windows in different orientation to the Janoel, 48 egg cup turner, control panel NOT angled but square on) appeared to meet basic standards and functionality though. There were many other types that I simply wouldn't touch because they really did look like junk.

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 Post subject: Re: Egg incubators
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:45 pm 
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bell south 100. I have sold 100s of them second hand from $50 to $100 each and every body raves about them. you can not beat an Australian made incubator.
Unfortunately multiplo are the best out there but they come in 144 egg as the smallest. i run a 544 egg machine also lorry smarts are good as are great lander. but all big machines. for a small hatcher 40 years experience dictate a bell south 100. remember you only get what you pay for. auctioneer

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