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What is the difference between a Hatcher and Incubator?

The only difference is one has not got egg turning the other does.

A hatcher is a machine which is used solely for the last 3 days of incubation, the hatching period. The period where your humidity increases, and you turn the egg turning off.

Hatchers have no egg turning function as eggs are not required to be turned for those final days.

Incubators are what you use to set your eggs, you put your eggs in from day 1 until 3 days before they are due to hatch at this point if you want you put them in your hatcher. Automatic incubators have egg turning, you also get incubators which have semi-automatic egg turning and manual egg turning.  You can hatch in an incubator but if it has egg turning remember to turn it off.

Always double check the title of the machine you are buying before checking out. Our item names are always descriptive and tell you what it is.  

For example. Rcom Maru 380 Deluxe Max Hatcher* has hatcher in the title so no egg turning. Whereas Rcom Maru 380 Deluxe MAX Incubator (Automatic) has incubator and automatic in the title meaning it is an incubator with automatic egg turning.

This is the same for Brinsea Ova-Easy Advance Hatcher* Series II, it is a hatcher, and the Brinsea Ova Easy 100 Advance Series II Incubator (Automatic) is an incubator with automatic egg turning. Our item names are always descriptive

But If you are unsure always contact us.

Do you have any offers or promotions?

Our prices are always extremely competitive and addition to this we also offer a PRICE MATCH PROMISE. 

We are proud to be recognised as the company whom offers the best customer service and the best overall value for money in the Egg Incubation and Brooder Intensive care market.  99% of products are always in stock to ensure that we can supply our customers in a timely manner. 

Do you sell second-hand/refurbished items?

All of the products we supply are Brand new, we do not deal in second hand products, although very occasionally we do have Ex Demonstration products that may have a cosmetic damage or similar.  If this is the case we will advertise these at a discounted rate on our website.   

Do you take in second-hand machines for part-exchange or cash?

No, we do accept trade-ins of second hand machines or part exchanges. We highly recommend eBay as the best place to sell old incubators and equipment.

What's the best incubator for duck eggs?

We do have numerous incubators suitable for hatching duck eggs, so this very much depends on your budget and egg capacity requirements, but generally speaking Ducks require a greater level of humidity control, so I have listed below a number of machines that are ideal for ducks.

For more Duck Egg Incubators to suit your specific needs, please click here. 

What's the best incubator for quail eggs?

We do have numerous incubators suitable for hatching Quail eggs, so this very much depends on your budget and egg capacity requirements, but generally speaking Quail are pretty easy to hatch providing your eggs are fertile and you have carefully followed the product instructions. Listed below are a number of machines that are ideal for Quails.

Other Quail Egg Incubators to suit your specific needs can be found here.

What's the best incubator for goose eggs?

We do have numerous incubators suitable for hatching Goose Eggs, so this very much depends on your budget and egg capacity requirements, Because of the size of Goose Eggs it is important to choose incubators that have a good chick head height, It is also beneficial to ensure correct egg turning although best practice with goose eggs is to also give them an additional turn, end-over-end 2 to 3 times a week.

 Listed below are a number of machines that are ideal for Goose.

Other Goose Egg Incubators to suit your specific needs can be found here.

What's the best incubator for falcon eggs?

Incubation and hatching of Falcon and other specialist birds requires far more care and attention to detail then most poultry and waterfowl.  It is best to choose machines that have greater control over egg turning and accurate temperature and humidity control.  

Listed below are a number of machines that are ideal for Falcons, Parrots and specialist Birds.

Other Exotic/Specialist Egg Incubators to suit your specific needs can be found here.

What's the best incubator for Emu or Rhea eggs?

Due to the large size of Emu and Rhea type of eggs, there is not a huge range of machines available in this specialist market.  However, the most popular machines for hatching Emu and Rhea are listed below.   

Other Emu/Rhea Egg Incubators to suit your specific needs can be found here.

What's the best incubator for schools, or beginners?

Schools generally require machines that are easy to use, offer good visibility and have automatic egg turning.

We have a very large selection of incubators that satisfy all the criteria required for schools and customers new to egg incubation.  

Listed below is a selection of those incubators. 

We also have a selection of incubation starter packages that are ideal for Schools and people new to incubation.  All of these can be found here.  

How do I hatch in a Brinsea Ova-Easy?

The Brinsea Ova-easy incubators are fantastic incubators for those looking to get more out of an incubator with increased hatching capabilities.

There are 3 ways to hatch in an Ova-Easy, the first being as we call in all in all out. You set all your eggs at once and they all hatch at the same time in situate on the shelves within the incubator. This can be done in the full range of Ova-Easy incubators, Ova-easy 100, 190, 380 ad 580. You set your eggs and once you come to the final 3 days you turn the egg turning off, level the shelves, remove the dividers, place the lid on the tray and increase the humidity and wait for them to hatch.

The second way is multistage incubation. You set batches of eggs at different points normally roughly a tray a week apart. Once that batch comes to the final 3 days, you move the eggs into the hatching tray and place into the bottom of the incubator, this is possible in the Ova-easy 190 and 380 incubators. When you move the eggs into the bottom of the incubator you then replace the tray you removed with a fresh new batch. At this point you have two options, dry hatch so you don’t increase the humidity which many breeders do and find it a very successful way of hatching especially in areas where the humidity is naturally already quite hight . Or you increase the humidity setting, this wont effect the other eggs you still have turning. Humidity works on an average so it doesn’t have to be exactly on 45% or 50% until hatching, it will be at a higher level for 3 days the rest of the time it will be at the lower level as long as you set your eggs far enough apart, but this is also where egg weight loss comes in useful you may find you don’t need to increase the humidity depending on the weight loss.

The final way is to use a separate hatcher. You can use a hatcher whether you are doing all in all out or multi-stage incubation. Remove the eggs and place them in a separate incubator for hatching time. This gives you full control of the temperature and humidity without the worry of effecting your other eggs. Ideally it Is always best practice to use a separate incubator to hatch in.

What incubators are best for Peafowl eggs?

We have various incubators that are suitable for Peafowl eggs. As you know Peafowl eggs can vary in size, but they are closest to a duck egg or large hen egg. As they do vary in size it is always best to go for a incubator with a universal egg tray, rather than a incubator with a specific tray or certain eggs, like the Brinsea Mini and Maxi incubators, they have a tray with holes in it which will only take your standard sized hen egg, anything larger like duck or peacock and they won’t turn.

We would recommend the Rcom King Suro Max 20, which has a digital temperature and humidity display, automatic egg turning and automatic humidity control. Another option is the Rcom 20 Max, or Rcom 50 max. All these incubators can be found on the links bellow. 

Rcom King Suro Max 20

Rcom 20 Max 

Rcom 50 Max 

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