Affordable Technology with Multiple Applications!
This Top Hatch Incubator (model THI-30) from Brower® is applicable for most species because it has a universal egg rack, so there is no need to buy separate cups for different species. This egg rack can be used for most any species, just invert it. The rack can be left in for hatching or removed. It was precision designed for technical applications and for the serious hobbyist.
This Incubator is observation friendly for learning situations because a clear top is standard. This also means no more small windows covered in condensation or the extra expense of buying a separate clear top. The removable tray is dishwasher safe at low heat, which is better than styrofoam which cannot be scrubbed and can hide pathogens in its pores. The Tech Temp Control adjusts for temperature fluctuations caused by any changes in the environment. This temperature control can adjust to temperature changes more quickly than a water/snap action switch. For you, this means fewer hot spots and no forced blasts of air. A fan comes standard that gently mixes heated air which billows throughout the tray.
A standard automatic turner protects rolling of the eggs. The turning rack in this incubator does not need to be removed for hatching. This Brower® Incubator has a built-in candling inspection system, saving you the extra expense to candle for fertility and humidity. You'll always know you have heat with this incubator, just look at the light.
Replacement heat is as far away as your local light bulb retailer, so you will always have a readily available heat source. The polycarbonate tower protects newly hatched chicks from burning their beaks and also protects eggs from uneven heat. This incubator will save you money because it is a complete system, so you will not have to purchase after thought add-ons. You will also not have to purchase extension rings for larger eggs like turkey and goose because 7" of clearance is standard.
- 110V, 60HZ
Egg Capacity (approximate):
- Chicken: 48 (40-48 with turner)
- Quail: 140 (120-140 with turner)
- Pheasant: 64 (48-64 with turner)
- Turkey: 32 (24 with turner)
- Goose: 16 (8 with turner)
|Manufacturer Part Number||THI30|
|Animal||Poultry & Gamebird|
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So far so good
I know that sellers want a timely review but it is hard to know what to say when you are using something for the first time and haven't completed a hatch. So far... It took me 3 days to get the temperature to stay at the proper temp. After that it has been very stable. This is a "test" hatch. I put 6 call duck eggs in 2 sections. The one section had eggs that had been in the refrigerator. When I candled at the 10 day mark all the eggs shoes life including the embryos moving. The humidity doesn't get above 78%. I'm trying putting in a wet sponge to see if I can get up to around 85. Also, I have 3 thermometers and only the one from Brower reads 99.5. The rest are lower but since all seems to be going well I will wait and see. Interested in seeing what my actual hatch rate will be
The 60 watt torpedo bulb used to power these incubators is not enough in cooler climates, here in central Idaho the incubator is not able to maintain 99.5 degrees needed for a consistently good hatch.
Motor not well made
I have had to replace the turner moter three times now and it's hard to find a replacement
better than others
I have had 75% hatch rate with this incubator the last hatch I did last summer was 100% with one unhealthy chicken it was a very good turn out yet as I am trying to set it up this year I am having alote of difficulty maintaining a good temperature there has been some fluctuations in temp before but only by about 3° this time it has been by 10° but insulated the tub and will try again
Love this unit
I have been incubating eggs for over a decade now and have used several different brands and models they all have their good and bad features. The Brower top hatch incubator has the greatest pros to the few cons as I will describe. First it is relatively easy to use, with the exception of the initial temperature setup. The temp is adjusted by a small dial and so you really need to start this incubator up a few days prior to needing it to assure that you get the temp right for incubating. Another 'con' for this incubator which is common amongst all incubators is that there is some variation in temp within the incubator itself. The closer to the lightbulb in the center the warmer it is. This is easily reconciled with simply labeling your eggs 1-5 in each section and rotating them every day or two. When I have not rotated my eggs my hatch rate is about 60%, when I DO rotate the eggs then I typically have an 85% or better hatch rate so rotating their location within each section is vital for increasing the hatch rate. Keep in mind that with the square styrofoam incubators I typically rotate the eggs in their row as well to increase my hatch rate. I like that the heat source is a lightbulb that is easy to find and replace. I have had a heating element go out of other style incubators and unless you have a backup incubator you are screwed and will have a total loss of your eggs. I start each hatch out with a new bulb and have not yet lost a hatch due to a bulb burning out. The entire lid is see through clear plastic. WARNING; this clear plastic lid is NOT dishwasher safe! If you wash it in the dishwasher it will crack like ice being hit with a hammer! While it doesn't all break apart, it does make it very fragile with all of the cracks and you will have to replace it at $35. The base that the eggs sit in and the rack are all dishwasher safe which is a definite pro in my opinion. So they can be sanitized between hatching. You can't sanitize styrofoam which leads to infection control issues, there are no infection control issues with this incubator, except your own shear laziness! Ease of filling with water for humidity is also a pro. Everyday while rotating the eggs I fill the bottom with water as needed. It holds a lot of water too so it really only needs filled about 2 times a week. You don't have to spend more money on a turner as it is built in and all eggs fit into it. You can incubate several different types and sizes of eggs at the same time because of this. I have incubated quail, peacock, chicken, duck and turkey eggs all at the same time before. You could never do that with any other incubator that uses an egg turner. It is about the same as other incubators with turners in noisiness. Which behind a closed door you don't even notice it. Cost- this unit is about the same as other personal use incubators. When you figure in that this incubator has lasted 10 years and my styrofoam ones have not, the cost per year is actually less. The old unit I currently have uses ball bearings which are easy to loose and misplace between uses. Brower has apparently taken that into consideration and now has a different system for the incubator tray to sit on and rotate on. I really do like this incubator. So much so that I have just recently decided to invest in a new one. The company that produces this incubator is located in the USA and assembles it her in the USA! I really appreciate a company that doesn't outsource to China. So yet another pro for the Brower Top Hatch Incubator!
Good incubator, used for hatching
A good incubator to use has a hatcher, easily cleaned, good viewing area, lots of headroom for larger fowl, turkeys, geese..etc.
The temperature variance of this incubator is horrible. It will only work well if placed in a room that is 99.5 degrees F. Save yourself some money and buy something better.
Do not buy Brower Top Hatch incubator
This product is a mistake from the very beginning. It does not do well at all. I've had this incubator for 10 years and have followed all directions explicitly. I've never had a better than 50% hatch rate using the eggs from the same hen and rooster in the incubator. That same hen sat on and hatched her own eggs and got a 98-100% hatch rate. The temperature fluctuates 10 degrees. I usually set up the incubator for three days prior to setting the eggs to stabilize the temperature and it was okay with that, but two days after the eggs were put in the temperature would spike up to 102-104 degrees and stayed that way for 2-3 days and then it would go down to 92-94 degrees and stay there for 1-2 days after that it would fluctuate between 96-102 degrees. I followed instructions explicitly. I used an insulated cover to try and stabilize the temperature and it didn't seem to help, I did everything I could think of and literally nothing made a difference! I searched the internet on incubating techniques and after 10 years of trying to make this thing work I bought something else. With the Brower Top Hatch incubator I never got better than a 50% hatch rate with only 30-40% healthy chicks.
total peice of junk
You will have just as much luck filling this incubator up with rocks . temp is to unstable to ever hatch eggs.
Waiting for first hatch
We started the first hatching attempt about two weeks ago. I'm not especially hopeful that we're going to get a good(or any) hatch. Despite being in a draft free location with no more than 2 degrees of ambient room temperature swing, the incubator internal temperature tends to swing as much as 8 degrees, typically more toward the low end under the 99.5 degree target than over. This is using a digital thermometer with remote temp probe vs the inlcuded alcohol thermometer. It was stabile prior to putting eggs and water in, but since then it's all over the place. Maybe mine is defective, but I'll know in a week if it works well enough.