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Proper temperature and humidity levels are very important for a successful incubation. If either one of these numbers are significantly off it can ruin an entire incubator full of eggs. In this blog post, we will go over 5 tips for more accurate manual humidity control while incubating. Make sure you have done your research and understand the basics of incubation, it is important to have some knowledge of what you are doing before you even think about firing up your incubator.

  1. Making sure you have the proper tools is important to any successful incubation. To properly read your humidity levels you will want to use a hygrometer. This is a tool for measuring humidity levels and is a necessity for incubation. Accurately knowing your humidity levels will help to increase hatch rates.
  2. Most incubators come with a built-in water reservoir in the base of the unit…many of these bases have several small reservoirs for holding water. We suggest starting with the smallest water reservoir, add enough water to fill it and then let your incubator run for about 30 minutes. After the unit has had time to warm up and stabilize check your readings. You may find that your readings are too low, if this is the case add water to the next reservoir and repeat the above process. If your readings are too high you can add a new dry sponge to the incubator to help absorb any excess moisture.
  3. All reservoirs filled and still low on humidity? Add a shallow/wide container of water to the incubator or, if there is not enough room a clean wet sponge will do the trick. Remember its surface area not depth that affects humidity production.
  4. Need less humidity but you only have water in the smallest reservoir? To cut down on the exposed surface area of the water and reduce humidity levels add some pieces of styrofoam to the reservoir.
  5. Several different models of incubators require you to remove the lid to add more water to the reservoirs. This can cause dramatic fluctuations in temperature and humidity. By attaching a 12 inch length of aquarium airline hose to the end of a clean condiment style squeeze bottle you can fill the reservoirs via the vent hole on the top of the incubator.
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Question 1: what is the differnce between the Little Giant incubator and the Hova Bator incubator?

Answer: They will both hold the same quantity of eggs in the auto egg turners.  There are a few differences.  First, the thermostats are very different.  The Hova Bator uses a mechanical wafer-style thermostat.  It works great but you will need to install it (not very difficult and comes with good instructions).  Setting a precise temperature is a little easier with the HovaBator since you can more the dial a lot and get a little temperature changes.  With the Little Giant, a small movement of the dial can move the temperature a lot which makes precise temperature honing a little trickier.  Once the temperature in each is set, they have both proven to be a very good and reliable thermostats.  The Little Giant has an electronic thermostat that comes preinstalled.  Another difference is that the Hova Bator comes with an easy to clean sanitary liner for the bottom of the incubator.  The Little Giant does not.   Also, the Little Giant viewing windows are larger, but the HovaBator ceiling is higher, which makes goose eggs possible. 

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Hova Bator Egg Incubator FAQ

2/4/2010 1:15 PM

Question 1: what is the differnce between the Little Giant incubator and the Hova Bator incubator?

Answer: They will both hold the same quantity of eggs and the turners for each are interchangeable with the other brand of incubator.  There are a few differences.  First, the thermostats are very different.  The Hova Bator uses a mechanical wafer-style thermostat.  It works great but you will need to install it (not very difficult and comes with good instructions) and setting the correct temperature is just a little trickier than the Little Giant.  But once it is set, it has proven to be a very good and reliable thermostat.  The Little Giant has an electronic thermostat that comes preinstalled and is just a little simpler to adjust.  One other difference is that the Hova Bator comes with an easy to clean sanitary liner for the bottom of the incubator.  The Little Giant does not. 

Question 2: How much should I turn the thermostat screw to adjust the temperature?

Answer: Turner the adjustment screw one full turn in the direction indicated to raise or lower the temperature depending on which direction you need the temperature to go.  Then wait for the incubator temperature to stabilize.  See how much the temperature changes and then adjust accordingly. 

Question 3: What happens when one chick hatches and the others haven't yet. If the auto turn is on, what do the first couple of hatched chicks do?

This is a great question!  How it works is that when hatching eggs, about three days before they are set to hatch, you are suppose to STOP turning them.  At that point, you remove the turner and just leave the eggs sitting on the wire mesh floor that is inside the incubator.  This is what they will hatch on. 

Question 4: What if I have eggs in my incubator that started incubating on differnt days?

Answer:This is a common problem for people who hatch eggs from their own birds.  One solution is to simply remove the egg rack just from the section of your egg turner that has the eggs that need to stop being turned.  This will open up some space in your incubator to lay the eggs on the wire screen.  As the chicks hatch, they should not be much of a bother to the eggs that are still being turned.  Just remove the chicks as they dry and place them in your brooder and let the other eggs in the turner keep on turning! 

Question 5:The red light stays on, indicating that the heater is staying on, but the incubator won't get warm enough.  What do I do?

Answer:  Either the heater is not working properly or perhaps the room temperature is too cold for the heat generated by the incubator. 

Question 6: Do I need a forced-air fan for my incubator?

Answer: No.  But most folks agree that a fan kit will increase the hatch-rate of your eggs.  It does this by keeping the temperature more uniform throughout the incubator.  The warm spots and cool spots are minimized so your thermometer is a better representation of the temperature of each egg. 

Question 7: I have a forced-air fan...should the fan always be on?

Answer: Yes!  This allows the air to continue to move and stay a uniform temperature.  It will help the heating and cooling cycle have a lesser impact on the temperature swing inside the incubator. 

Question 8: Can I use this incubator to hatch reptiles?

Answer: You bet! Many of our customers use both the Little Giant or HovaBator to hatch eggs.  Just remember that you do not need a fan kit for reptiles.  A still-air incubator is all you need. 

Question 9: What if I need replacement parts?

Answer: See our Replacment Parts section order contact us via phone or email.  We have most replacement parts in stock.  We also have some gently used and parts from less-than-perfect incubators and turners. 

Question 10: Is there any kind of warranty for the Hova Bator egg incubator?

Answer: Our 1-Year Hassle Free Guarentee covers everything we sell! 


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Introducing the IncuKit

2/5/2010 7:20 AM

The is happy to introduce the IncuKit(tm)

This is a handy little device designed for the do-it-yourself incubator builder.  It includes a forced air fan, heating system and thermostat all packaged together in a small, handly little bundle that you simply add to your enclosure to make it an incubator.  It's really that easy!

Click here to see a video on how to use the IncuKit(tm): Video

We have two vesions of this kit.  One is a lower power DC version, which will produce about 38 watts of power.  The second is a higher power AC option and will provide over 100 watts of power.   Feel free to email with any question you may have to

UPDATE: There is a revised version of the IncuKit being designed right now!  There will still be a low and a high wattage option, but it will have an electronic thermostat!  You can set the thermostat with the digital readout and you are all set! We are very excited to be able to offer this new version.  Stay tuned for an annoucement on the release date. 

UPDATE: the older vesion of the DC IncuKit has been discontinued in preparation for the launch of the newer version.  The design has passed testing and we're working with the manufacturer for production.  Stay tuned!

UPDATE: Final plans are finished and production is in progress!  We look forward to posting this great new product in the coming weeks!

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The Little Giant and Hova Bator will both hold the same quantity of eggs and the turners work just the same for each one.  The Little Giant Egg Turner is an off-white color and the HovaBator turner is a yellow-ish color.  The Little Giant turner appears to be slightly higher quality, but in our testing, both performed equally well.  The HovaBator & Little Giant incubators are both known to do a fine job incubating eggs.  However, there are a few differences between them.  (Also see the table below):

1) First, the thermostats are very different.  The Hova Bator uses a mechanical wafer-style thermostat.  It is a thermostat style which has been around for a long time because it is very effective.  It works great but you will need to install it (not very difficult and comes with good instructions).  Some people complain that the Little Giant thermostat is too hard to set.  The reason why people complain about this is because the Little Giant adjusts it's temperature range in ONE half-circle rotation, using a tiny shaft about 1/4" in diameter.  This means you have to be very precise in turning the tiny knob and it is very easy to over adjust.  The Hova Bator adjusts it's temperature in a multi turn rotation (One full rotation of the adjustment knob may be one degree).  This makes it easier to adjust the temperature by small increments and fine tune it. 

-An easy solution to the Little Giant Thermostat is to affix your own knob to the 1/4" Shaft.  An easy low-cost way to do this is to take a round disc and drill a hole in the center.  This will make it much easier to make small precise changes to the temperature.

2) The Hova Bator comes with an easy to clean sanitary liner for the bottom of the incubator.  The Little Giant does not.

3) The Little Giant viewing windows are a little larger than the Hova Bator.

4) The Hova Bator has a slightly higher ceiling which gives it room enough to fit goose eggs, if you get the goose rails accessory.  The Little Giant does not have a goose rail turner option since the ceiling is too low.

5.) The HovaBator foam case is of slightly denser foam. 


In our opinion, the HovaBator wins by just a slight margin.  Both incubators work well and will get the job done.  We have sold TONS of each brand with very happy customers.  The sanitation liner, denser foam case, & availability of accessories are the determining factors in us recommending the HovaBator (but remember, only by a SLIGHT margin!).

Still Air HOVABATOR 1602N vs LITTLE GIANT 9200
Egg Capacity 50 (Chicken), 130 (Quail)
50 (Chicken), 130 (Quail)
Sanitary Liner
Included Not Included
Outside Dimensions 18.5"x18.5"x9" 17.75"x17.75"x7.75"
Circulated Air Fan Optional Optional
Manufacturer GQF Manufacturing
Miller Manufacturing
Outer Case Material Styrofoam Styrofoam
Egg Turner Racks Avail
Universal, Quail, & Goose
Universal & Quail
Thermostat Type Mechanical Bi-metal
Electronic (Not Digital)
Voltage 110V AC 110V AC
Weight ~4 pounds ~4 pounds
Window Size 4"x6" 4"x8"


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New and Improved IncuKit

9/17/2010 2:10 PM

New and Improved IncuKit is on its way!

The makers if the IncuKit are happy to announce that there is an new and improved model on its way.  This is a great way for the DIY're to build their own incubator just the way they want it and still have the consistant temperature that a good hatch rate requires. 

The new IncuKit will be approximately 40 watts of 12V DC power.  The really exciting part is that it will be electronically controlled, have a slick LCD digital display of the temperature, allow the user to program the target temperature, control the fan speed and even have a timer to tell you how far along you are in your hatch.  And for those who wouldl like to use the thermostat to control a turner, there is a function that will allow you to control a DC motor (that you provide) that can turn your eggs.

Samples of the new DC IncuKit have now passed our tests and we're working out production details with the manufacturer. 

Here is MORE good news: The high wattage AC version fo the new and improved IncuKit is nearing completion!  This will be used for those who need more power than the low voltage version provides.  The AC version can be used to power a large cabinet style incubator up to 1000 watts!  And it will include all of the handy features that the DC version provides. 

Stay tuned!

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Both of these models are made by the same manufacturer, GQF Manufacturing Company. There are four main differences between these two models.

1.) The 1602N has a wafer-style thermostat that you will need to screw into place when you first take it out of the box. Then you adjust the screw knob that comes with it to adjust the wafer until your incubator reaches the temperature you want. The Genesis has a pre-set electronic thermostat that is already to go when you get it. You just plug it in and let it get up to temperature. You don't need to do any comes pre-set for you!

2.) The 1602N has two windows in the top of the unit for viewing the eggs in side. The Genesis has once large "picture" window that covers nearly the entire top of the incubator. This makes the entire top of the incubator one large viewing window.

3.) The 1602N heating element is powered by 110V AC power. The Genesis heater, fan and thermostat are powered by 12V DC power. AC power is the type that comes out of you wall when you plug something into to a wall outlet. DC power is the kind a battery provides. The Genesis comes with a little device that is called a power transformer (some call it a power converter) that turns your wall outlet's AC power into the low voltage DC power that your incubator will use.

4.) The 1602N model by itself does not include a circulating fan. This is called a "still-air" incubator. The Genesis includes a DC powered fan, pre-installed. An incubator with a fan is called a "forced-air" incubator. Please note that many of our incubator kits include a fan kit which makes the 1602N into a forced-air incubator.

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Common Questions You May Have

7/21/2011 7:31 AM

Question: What is the condition of the items you sell? 
Answer: Unless stated otherwise, everything we sell is brand new!
Question: What if I have a more detailed question about this item? 
Answer: We are more than happy to answer any questions you have about our items. Please be sure to read the entire listing description and details. It's amazing how many questions we are asked and the answers are already in the product description. But if you find your question is not answered, please send us a note and we'll get back with you. Thanks!
Question: I need help determining which incubator to purchase. Can you help? 
Answer: Yes! We have a detailed description of the differences in the incubators we offer. Please see this post:
Question: Where do you ship from?
Answer: Most items ship from Fruitland, Idaho in the USA.  Occasionally we will work with you to drop-ship directly fromt the manufacturer to reduce the shipping lead time.  But most everything ships from our warehouse in Fruitland. 
Question: Do you offer international shipping?
Answer: Yes, we can ship to nearly any country!
Question: What countries do you ship to?
Answer: We can ship to nearly any country!
Question: How much does it cost to ship to my country?
To get an estimate of how much it costs to ship to your location, go to the shipping quote section.
Question: What if my item has not arrived within the time period stated?
Answer: Once in a while, the shipping transit time takes longer than the site quotes. There are circumstances that occasionally arise that cause this, such as holidays or weather. Please check the tracking information provided in the shipping email you received for a current update.  That tracking status contains all of the info available.
Question: Do international shipments sometimes take longer than what the site quotes?
Answer: Sometimes, yes. The Customs Clearance process in your country is usually the largest factor in determining if your package will be on time or not. We do our best to package items in such a way that will make it easy for Customs Clearance. But sometimes they have a mind of their own and delays beyond our control may happen.
Question: Do you offer international tracking on shipped packages?
Answer: Yes, we do.  Once the item has been shipped, there should be a tracking number provided in an email sent to you.  See that tracking info and you will see the same information that we are able to see. We wish international tracking was a little more detailed, but we provide you everything that USPS provides.
Question: How do I track my package?
Answer: Just follow the link in the email or copy/paste the tracking number into the tracking window of the carrier that was used for your package (usually or  This provides all tracking details that are available for your package. 
Question: How do I know if my package has shipped?
Answer: You should a confirmation email at the time you place your order.  If not, please check your Spam filter, it may have been filtered out.  As soon as the item ships, you'll receive another email containing tracking information. 
Question: What if my country is not offered as a country you ship to?
Answer: We can ship just about anywhere. Please send us the details of your request and we can provide a shipping quote.
Question: Do you combine shipping to reduce shipping costs?
Answer: Yes! We are happy to combine shipments to provide the lowest cost possible.  Add each item to your shopping cart and then view the shipping quote section for your shipping charge. 
Question: Do you offer bulk discounts?
Answer: We are happy to discuss ways to reduce the cost of larger orders. Please email us with the details of your request and we'll see what we can work out.
Question: How do I pay for my purchase?
Answer: We accept Paypal, credit card, debit card and money order. 
Question: Can I use a coupon for an online discount?
Answer: We are glad to accept a coupon if you have the appropriate coupon code.  During checkout you will be given the option to insert a coupon code, if you have one.    
Question: How do I add something to my order?
Answer: If you have already completed your order, it has not shipped yet and would like to add something to it, please email us or call us and we'll work with you to get your additional items added at the lowest possible shipping cost. 
Question: Do you accept money orders for payment?
Answer: Yes! Please send us a message letting us know that is how you intend to pay and then send to:
JP Ventures LLC
2158 NE 16th Street
Fruitland, ID 83619
Question: How do I return an item?
Answer: We do accepts returns.  If the buyer is returning the item due to a defective item, we will pay for return shipping.  If the buyer is just returning an item because they simple don't like it or it didn't suit them, then the buyer will need to pay for return shipping.  Please contact us before shipping your item back.  Often times issue can be resolved with a simple discussion about the issue.  We have a good, solid record of working with customers to ensure you are satisfied.  Please give us a chance to work with you and we think you'll be pleased with the outcome.  
Question: Do you warranty your items?
Answer: Yes! Everything we sell if covered by our 1-Year Hassle Free Guarantee. When you return the item, include a note stating the issue and whether you need the item repaired, exchanged or refunded.  Please see the note above about contacting us first so we can discuss the issue with you and agree on the best way to resolve the issue.  Please note that issues caused by operator error are not covered.  But that does not mean we would try to work with you to resolve the issue!  Please contact us and see how we can help.
Question: What if my items arrives damaged?
Answer: If your item arrives damaged, please send us a picture of the packaging and the item. The more detailed the better to help us understand the extent and cause of the damage. Please email to: and include your name and order number in the email. We will then contact you about how to best resolve the issue.
Question: What if my item is not as described?
Answer: If you open your package and find that it is different than you thought it would be, please contact us so we can work out a solution that will be acceptable. We try very hard to get every order just perfect. But errors may still happen. Please give us a chance to work with you to resolve it. Thank you!
Question: What if part of my order is missing?
Answer: Many of our items come in kits and have many parts to them. If you can't find a part of your order, first, please check every part of your package. We try to offer the best possible shipping and sometimes we put items in random places. Then contact us and let us know exactly what was missing so we can get that item shipped ASAP.

Question: Do orders sometimes come in more than one package?
Answer: Yes! Especially if you purchase multiple items or large items, we may have to send items in more than one box. Please check the item's shipping status in the email you receive.  If it ships in more than one package, it should list more than one tracking number if there is more than one box.

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 Introducing the 225 Watt IncuKit(tm)

This is an all-in-one kit designed to be the heart and brains of your cabinet incubator.  It allows you to convert a cabinet-sized enclosure into an incubator!  You can use an old large cooler, wooden box, large cardboard box,  refrigerator, plastic box, glass box, whatever!  And with the IncuKit you can make it into an incubator.  Pretty cool, eh?  Well, actually it's pretty hot and it works pretty well. 

This little device includes the following:

  • Electronic Pre-Set thermostat designed specifically for incubators by
  • A high-output 120mm AC fan with protective screen
  • Nicrome heating wire rated at 225 watts with protective screen
  • Mounting nut, screw and washer
  • Installation and operating instructions

Easy to install and set up.  Just drill two holes in your container, one for a mounting screw and one for wires to come out.  Then screw the IncuKit into place with the a screw (included) and plug in the color coded wire into the thermostat.  Mount the thermostat to the outside of the incubator and you are ready to plug it in!  It's so easy!!

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What is the difference between a proportional thermostat and an on/off thermostat?

An off/off style thermostat turns the heater on full power when the temperature gets too low.  Then it turns it completely off when the temperature gets too high.  This style create a wider swing in temperature because the temperature has to get too high or low before the thermostat responds.  The proportional style thermostat adjusts the power up and down as the temperature starts getting close to the set-point (your target temperature).  It will reduce the amount of power going to the heater as the temperature gets close to the set-point.  Then it will increase the power as the temperature starts falling away from the set-point.  This allows the temperature swing to be much less than the on/off style thermostat.  When incubating eggs, accuracy counts!  That is why a proportional style thermostat is preferred.

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