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Can I Really Hatch Eggs in a Chick-Bator?

This is information we send potential customers asking for 2-3 eggs. 


QUESTION:  Can you send us 2-3 eggs.  We just have a small incubator incapable of holding more than that.

ANSWER:   The short answer: NO.  If you want the long answer, read on.

First: WE DO NOT SELL INCUBATORS.  To be fair, here is GQF's ad from their website.
 

Chick-Bator w/ eggs   Mfg#: 9105  Price: $16.98 (04/04)

You get the new clear plastic dome Chick Bator with 4 Quail eggs (available year-round) and egg hatchers guide book Complete- nothing else to buy. Send check or money order today (No COD on this item).

© 2000 G.Q.F. Manufacturing Company. All Rights Reserved.

I must be honest with you.  We have the eggs, but will not send them until you read this.
This is quite simply the "opinion" of the owners of the Rocking T Ranch and Poultry Farm and Poultryhelp.com.

The company responsible for that piece of junk, GQF Manufacturing, should know better.  They should list it in their catalog as a "toy" rather than an "incubator".  GQF manufactures some of the best, most reliable incubators available. We, ourselves, own FOUR GQF Forced-Air Hovabators (used as hatchers) and TWO GQF Sportsman cabinet incubators and are extremely satisfied with all of them.

This incubator (and I use that term VERY loosely) is responsible for more heart-broken children than finding out Santa Clause isn't real. It's a piece of crap, and your chance of getting anything to hatch is "pot-luck" at best.  The thin plastic housing makes it all but impossible to maintain sufficiently stable temperature to get a hatch. It uses a simple light bulb for heat and provides no thermostat or other means of regulating temperature or humidity.
 

Thermal Air Flow Hova-Bator Incubator
Mfg#: 1602N                  Price: $41.85 (April, 2004)

Invented by G.Q.F. Manufacturing Co. over 30 years ago, the Hova-Bator is still the WORLD'S BEST SMALL INCUBATOR and the THERMAL AIR FLOW MODEL, is the most economical, reliable incubator available. The radiant heat tube gently warms the inside of the incubator, the air and eggs. Thermal action of the heated air flowing out the exhaust vents in the top of the incubator, draws fresh air in through the bottom vent. This thermal air flow also assists the drying of the chicks after they hatch. Dimensions 18 x 18 x 7 1 /2, 110 Volt AC. 25 Watt Heat Element (220 Volt available for export). All Hova-Bator incubators include a sanitary plastic liner (item No. 1765).

© 2000 G.Q.F. Manufacturing Company. All Rights Reserved.

There may be an incubator on the market for smaller quantities of eggs, but the best bet for the money for beginners or hobbyists is the GQF Hovabator (holds up to 70 chicken eggs, 150 quail eggs without auto-turner) or the almost exact clone made by Little Giant (Miller Manufacturing) that is available at most feed stores or Tractor Supply stores.  They go for about $30 and up and even the cheapest (still air with no egg turner) is far better than the chick-bator.  These incubators are available at a slightly lower price from several suppliers on the Internet.  They are a far cry better than the $16.98 chick-bator.  We advise customers that say they have chick-bators that we will in no way so much as suggest any eggs placed in it will hatch.

The incubator we recommend for beginners is the Forced-Air model Hovabator, GQF part #2362N, list priced at $66.98 on their website 15 April, 2004, but understand that some folks can't afford that much. You can start with the "Still-Air" model pictured above since the fan is available in kit form and can be added later.

If you can't affort more than the Chick-Bator cost, consider building an incubator.  There are several sets of plans on our Incubation and Brooding Help Page.

We are NOT saying this for financial gain, as we do NOT sell incubators, but we ARE interested in our customers getting a decent hatch.  We go to great lengths to insure fertility of the eggs we offer and take GREAT care in packaging eggs for shipment to minimize shipping damage.  We have had several complaints from customers using a Chick-Bator blaming our eggs for not hatching.

If you would like to read the Hovabator Instructions, we have them posted on our website at the link below:

http://www.poultryhelp.com/gqfhbthermal.pdf

You can DOWNLOAD these instructions to your computer for printing by right clicking the link and selecting "Save Target to disk".

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this .PDF format file.  It's available for download FREE by clicking on the Adobe icon below:

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If, after reading this, you still want us to ship you the eggs, we will do so, but you have been warned.

Pete Theer
Owner: Rocking T Ranch and Poultry Farm, Webmaster: Poultryhelp.com
 

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