Incubators & Accessories
Selecting an appropriate incubator
WA Poultry Equipment is proud to provide a large range of incubators for sale. We carry parts and accessories for
IM, Brinsea, Novital Covatutto and GQF incubators. If you are after a chicken egg incubator, or an incubator for
parrot eggs, bantam eggs, quail eggs, guinea fowl eggs or other types of birds or even reptiles we can suggest a
suitable incubator to meet your needs.
When looking for an incubator to buy, there are a number of things to consider:
1. What types of eggs you want to incubate?Some incubators can handle different size and types of eggs better than
others. Particularly if you want an automatic turning incubator.
2. How many eggs do you want to be able to incubate?Each incubator is usually rated by the number of chicken eggs
it can incubate at a time. If you want to do smaller eggs, ie quail eggs then the incubators will
usually hold around twice as many eggs. Like wise they will only hold half as many large duck eggs.
3. Do you want to be able to put some eggs in each week or do you just want to hatch one batch of eggs at a time?
You will either need a hatching tray in the incubator or use a separate incubator as a hatcher if you
want to do multiple batches of eggs at a time.
4. Do you want automatic turning?Without auto turning you will need to manually turn the eggs at least twice and preferably
three times per day for up to the last three days of incubation. For chickens this is 18 days. For some
species, such as Muscovey ducks, it could be up to 33 days.
5. Do you want digital temperature control?Digital temperature control allows you to use a digital display to set the
required temperature and the incubator will then keep the temperature correct for you. A non digital
incubator will require a thermometer to be checked each time you set a batch of eggs to make sure the
thermostat is still set correctly.
6. Do you want automatic humidity control?Automatic humidity control is a relatively new technology and is not available
on most incubators and those that it is on tend to be much more expensive than other incubators. Mostly
this technology is only being used for the more expensive eggs such as parrots and specialist poultry
Without automatic humidity, you can control humidity by using the surface area of water or by varying
the airflow in the incubator.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for a recommendation or help in selecting an incubator that will be suitable for you.