Our old incy was a simple Little Giant foam unit with a fan. Keeping the temperature steady was difficult as was the humidity and then on the last hatch we attempted with it, the fan failed shortly after lock down and killed the chicks waiting to hatch.
It will be retired to be a hatching unit. Since we stagger our hatches, a hatcher is nice so the other eggs won't be disturbed. We intend to use it once the eggs zipper. Paper towels will line the metal wire that is the base for padding and to keep little toes from being hurt if they are caught in it.
The new incubator is all digital. Temperature and humidity are monitored with alarms that sound if they fluctuate too high or low. It comes with turners and egg cups that will work with our silkie eggs up the geese without special ones needing to be purchased.
More on the new incy once we try it.
On deciding between the 96 and 48, we thought that the 96 would work better. we could leave the bottom for eggs to hatch and leaving the turners in the top incase the old incy is too far gone to be a hatcher. It is also bigger so we can do several different types at one time. If we want a smaller hatch, the two levels can be reduced to just one.
Got the new incy set up and running. Got eggs to hatch starting this weekend with white showgirl/silkie cross and black silkie. Ducklings due next weekend. Holds temperature and humidity. Had to run set temperature up to get the 99.5 needed and turn the humidity alarm down. Only used the top since we are doing this test run. We noticed that the bottom is a good five degrees lower than the top, that can cause birth defects so we are working on a way to insulate it. Can't wait for the first babies to hatch out. Wendy (one of the black silkies) is showing signs of being broody and if she is, we will be slipping babies out to her to avoid needing a brooder.
The new incubator is working great. The old foam one converted to a hatcher, not so great. It is hard to keep a steady temperature. Just when I think it is perfect, I look and it is too high or low. We have hatched out four peeps so far. One decided to come two days early and has spraddle leg. Going to by some window/door insulation. The kind sticky on one side and put it on the bottom of the lid. And where the top layer sits on the bottom, making a seal. Hoping to be able to use the bottom for hatching or incubating and the top for hatching if we can get the bottom temp right.