We finally did it! We are now the proud owners of our very own HovaBator Genesis 1588 incubator. In the past when we needed to incubate eggs we either borrowed a friends incubator or we put eggs under a broody hen.
Thank you! to our friends that were so kind to lend their incubator to us. That was an amazing gift. We appreciate that very much. This year we are hoping to hatch duck, chicken and quail eggs. With all this activity we figured it was better to get one of our own.
HovaBator Genesis 1588: Unboxing & Set Up
Take a few minutes to watch this video of my charming daughter stepping through those exciting first moments of unboxing and setting up our HovaBator Genesis 1588. This is not a full detailed tutorial, but she does a great job of showing most of the steps to getting started right.
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HovaBator Genesis 1588: Why did we choose this incubator?
There are so many great incubators on the market. How did we choose this model? Well, we knew that we had to stay in a certain budget and we wanted a quality, well tested unit. After much research online reading reviews we kept coming back to the HovaBator Genesis 1588. Many people love it as a very stable incubator. Beginner and advanced users gave this product lots of stars and thumbs up.
We figured it was hard to go against all those great reviews. For now we are just trusting that they were accurate reviews. It won’t be long before we are able to give our own review about this product.
Losing ducks to hawks! Motivation to buy the HovaBator Genesis 1588.
A few weeks ago we came home from church to find a couple of very large hawks on our little farm. They were on something… our ducks! We lost two male Australian Spotted Ducks that day. One of them was our only Blue Head.
One of the ducks was just gone. They had carried it off. We interrupted the other one. This duck was still alive but badly injured. We tried to nurse the poor little duck back to health but the wound was too severe. He passed away wrapped in a towel in my daughters arms.
That morning we had four males of this breed, but after the attack we were reduced to two. This motivated us to get the incubator so we could start hatching duck eggs. We don’t want to lose the ability to continue breeding the Australian Spotted Duck.
Our fist flock of this breed was purchased from: http://www.holderreadfarm.com/photogallery/australian_spotted_page/australian_spotted_page.htm
Why not a DIY incubator?
Daddykirbs is very much a DIY kind of guy. When we considered having our own incubator the first thought was “I can build one”. It’s true many people build their own very successful incubators. This time I just figured that there are so many projects already going on that it was best to just invest the money, not the time.
Check out Jessica’s post over at the 104 Homestead for DIY ideas:
Why not use the broody hens?
We love our Silkie hens! They are amazing brooders and mother hens. They will sit on any kind of egg. I trust that they will do a better job than any incubator. Soo… why not use them then?
The problem we’ve had in the past with incubating eggs under a broody hen is one thing. SNAKES! Yes, the Texas Rat Snake will slither up under a hen and eat all the eggs in one sitting. We have lost a number of eggs like this. Some of them were only days away from hatching. For this reason we can’t rely on this method 100%
Now that we have cats on the farm, we’re hoping that the rats will be fewer therefor the snakes will be fewer. This year we’ll see. Right now, at the same time that we are using the incubator, we have seven or eight eggs under broody Silkie hens. So, we haven’t given up, but we’re hedging our bets with the incubator.
Check out this 40 second video of an up close look at the Texas Rat Snake:
What are you going to hatch?
No matter how you decide to incubate I’d love to hear your stories of what you are hatching. What kind of incubator you are using and how you like them. Please share your stories in the comments!
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