We love this incubator! The design is clever, and the digital controls are easy to use. With a capacity of about 20 chicken eggs, this suits the needs of most small or hobby breeders. It also comes with adjustable dividers, so it is easy to incubate different types of eggs without having to buy any additional equipment.
While the features are solid, we do question the durability of the turning base. It seems like if something is going to break on this incubator, that would possibly be it (this is just conjecture- ours did not break). That being said, we do like the design of the turner, and think that it is very clever to have the entire incubator turn instead of deciding how to turn the eggs inside. Even without the turning cradle, you can manually turn the entire incubator just by rocking it back and forth on to the different sides of the incubator. So if your base were to break, you would not be at a complete loss.
With simple controls, and unique design and concept, we give this incubator full marks for creativity and ingenuity. Plus, we had no issues with the operation of the unit during testing- everything went exactly as we planned, and it was easy to setup and maintain.
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I purchased one of these last spring to hatch my silkie eggs in, and I have been very pleased with my results. I did 3 rounds in this incubator and had full hatch each time. I have never gotten results this good before. It is very simple to use, and maintains my temperatures and humidity very well. I highly recommend this incubator to other breeders!