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IncuStat Basic? Or Advanced?

4/15/2015 2:49 PM


We sell a variety of different incubator thermostats, all of which will ultimately get the job done. Two of our most popular thermostats are the IncuStat Basic and the IncuStat Advanced. They come as an individual units or part of the IncuKit XL for cabinet incubators. A common question we receive is “Well which one should I get?” They both automatically regulate the temperature; they are both accurate, both digital… So what’s the difference? The main difference is in the way they regulate the temperature.


The Basic thermostat is considered an on/off thermostat. It will simply give full power to the heater when it is under the set temperature and then cuts the power to the heater when it reaches the set temp. Because of this there are generally some temperature swings. BUT the thermostat will generally keep the average temperature at your set temp.



The advanced thermostat regulates differently. It is a “proportional thermostat.” What this does is instead of just switching the heater on and off it will actually give partial power to the heater as it needs it. For example: let’s say you turn on your incubator using the advanced thermostat. The thermostat will give 100% power to the heater until it gets within a few degrees of the set temp at which time it will start tapering the heater percentage. Once the set temp is reached the thermostat will only give a portion of power to the heater. Well what’s the benefit of this? The benefit is that it prevents large temperature swings. The thermostat is designed to keep the temperature hovering right around the set temperature without any significant up or down swings. Because the advanced thermostat, comes with optional fan and egg turner controls and is overall more…well… advanced it does come with a larger price tag.



So the short answer to the question of which one you should use: …*drumroll*… it really comes down to your hatching needs. If you have some expensive eggs or eggs that are more sensitive to temperature swings it would make sense to invest more in a thermostat that will perform to those needs. In this case the Advanced would probably be the one for you. If you are a casual hatcher that would like to save money and are not so concerned about temperature swings but are ok with a solid average temperature then the Basic would be for you. Click Here to see our full line up of incubator thermostats.

0 Comments | Posted in Product Details By Steve Boyd

IncuTherm Plus Product Review

2/25/2015 3:52 PM

Having an accurate, reliable thermometer is crucial to having a good hatch. I recommend not using the bulb/red liquid thermometers that may be included with your incubator. The best place for those is the garbage. You can go to Wal-Mart and buy one for $10. Although this may be great for givng you an idea of the indoor temperature of your home, it is not designed to work in the 99.5 degree range for incubation.


If you ask me the IncuTherm Plus is the thermometer to use. This thermometer reads both temperature and humidity. The
temperature is rated to +/- 1 degree Fahrenheit in accuracy. A very helpful feature with the IncuTherm Plus is that it has a remote sensor, which allows you to place the senor where you need it in the incuabtor with the display/controls on the outside. When I used this thermometer I was using a HovaBator 1602N, the feature I found most useful was the min/max memory function. Before I went to bed I pushed the min/max button. When I woke up in the morning I was able to see how high the temperature got as well as how low it got. This gave me a good idea of what the average temperature was over several hours and I was able to adjust the manual thermostat accordingly. 


Another great use for the IncuTherm Plus is for building your own cabinet incubator. By using multiple IncuTherm Plus Hatch Monitors you can see in real time what the temperature is in different parts of the container. This helps you to find those hotspots and configure your incuabtor accordingly. 

You can't go wrong with the IncuTherm Plus. Learn More About the IncuTherm Plus.

Comments | Posted in Product Details By Steve Boyd

Upgrades, Modifications, Additions, Hacks whatever you want to call them, there are so many for your incubator. That’s why we compiled a list of the top 5 hacks to turn your boring old incubator into an extreme egg hatching machine!

1. Fan kit

This hack comes in as number one because it’s a simple addition that increases your hatch rate so much! There are many fans that you could add to your incubator but you need to be careful to get the right one. The whole idea of a fan in an incubator is to eliminate hot spots from forming inside. If you have a fan blowing too much air it could dry out your eggs. What you need is a gentle flowing fan that simply moves the air in your incubator. This is a must have modification for any still air incubator. Check out our selection of Fan Kits and see which one is best for your incubator!

2. Egg Turner

I’m not sure this can actually be considered a hack, at any rate adding an automatic egg turner to your setup will save you lots of time and hassle, especially with higher egg quantities. Building your own egg turner can be just as, if not more of a hassle. Let an automatic egg turner do the work for you! Find out which egg turner works for your incubator here.

3. Remote digital Thermometer/Hygrometer

Finding a thermometer and a hygrometer that is accurate and dependable can be quite a task. It could be even more of a task to find one that’s in one combo! A remote sensor is the cherry on top! With a remote sensor you simply insert the probe through a vent hole and you can monitor your incubator’s temperature and humidity from the outside. The IncuTherm Plus is a great example of an all-in-one thermometer/hygrometer with a remote sensor.  You can measure the maximum and minimum temperature and humidity. This comes especially handy when you want to find out how your temperature varies through time.

4. Automatic Humidity System

Let’s face it, keeping your incubator’s humidity at your desired level is difficult. It seems like you need to add water every day and the humidity still takes huge swings. This is why having an Automatic humidity system comes in at number 4.  Many people use the Plug n’ Play hygrostat and plug in their own humidifier into it. The HumidiKit is a hygrostat/humidifier combo which you simply insert the humidity hose into the incubator and the hygrostat will regulate the set humidity level of your choosing! If accurate humidity is a factor in your hatches then an automatic humidity system will make a great addition to your incubator!

5. Hatch timer

Sure, you can cross off the days on your calendar till hatch day, but a hatch timer will tell you the days, hours and even the seconds till your eggs should hatch! Then in the off-season you can use your new and improved incubator to count down the days till Christmas! An example of a great hatch timer is the p-timer. A unique feature this has is that it starts counting back up once it hits zero. This way you can accurately tell how early or late your eggs hatch, allowing you to adjust accordingly for your next hatch. The p-timer will also stick right to the top of your incubator! 

Make these additions/modifications to your incubator and you’ll be sure to have the “Ferrari” of incubators!

Comments | Posted in Product Details By Steve Boyd

Automatic Watering Systems 101

7/18/2014 2:47 PM

             It’s been scorching hot this summer! With all this hot weather it’s important to keep your flock well hydrated, and without an automatic watering system this could turn into a large task. Traditional “fill yourself” waterers can tip over and spill, they easily get filled with gunk and debris, require constant clean up and obviously require you to manually refill them. This is why I want to take you through a couple automatic watering options that we provide. Both systems are designed to be suspended above the ground to keep the birds from getting the water dirty and require very little clean up.

Little Giant Fount

First is the Little Giant Automatic Fount. This fount comes in three different sizes depending on the size of bird, but they all work on the same principle: Gravity. This fount is designed to be suspended in the air so as the bowl fills up the weight of the water pulls down the valve to shut off the water. By being suspended in the air this also keeps dirt and other debris from getting into your flock’s water and keeping them healthy. As an added protection you can also purchase a bowl guard which basically acts as a roof for your fount. One con is that the fount is made for a ½” hose connection. To connect to a garden hose it requires an adapter which we sell separately.

To see the different sizes and accessories visit our store. 


Nipple Waterer 

Another option is the Automatic Nipple Bucket Watering System. Unlike the Little Giant founts, this system connects directly to any garden hose and keeps a constant reservoir of water inside the bucket with three nipples for the birds to drink from. Similar to the Little Giant founts this system is also designed to stay suspended in the air. A big advantage of using this system is that the water is sealed inside of the bucket and won’t let any dust or debris from entering and requires very little cleaning. Birds will typically learn within about 3 days to drink water from the nipples.

             The nipples are made of a shiny metal which naturally attracts the birds and makes them peck at it. This causes water to fall from the nipple which they learn to come back to when they’re thirsty. Other birds will catch on quickly and soon they’ll all be watered without breaking a sweat! To learn more about the Automatic Nipple Bucket Watering System visit our store.

              Both of these watering systems are great at constantly keeping your flock hydrated without requiring extra work. Let these waterers do the work for you. They’ll keep your flock healthy and happy through this hot weather. Beat the heat for your flock this summer by using an automatic waterer.  

0 Comments | Posted in Product Details By Steve Boyd
                   HumidiKit- Automatic Humidity System
                   HumidiKit - Automatic Humidity System

Many of our customers have expressed frustration over the hassle of maintaining the humidity inside their incubators. Many of the frustrations have been over having to constantly add water and being able to accurately control the humidity.

We here at are excited to introduce our latest product, the HumidiKit, for automatic and accurate humidity control to alleviate these frustrations.

Features Include:

Simple Installation – The HumidiKit is designed to be easy to use with most incubators. To install the HumidiKit you simply:

1. Fill the included water bottle with distilled water (recommended) and screw on the bottle adapter
2. Insert the bottle onto the humidifier
3. Insert the probes into the incubator
4. Insert the tube into a vent hole
5. Plug in the HumidiKit to power
6. Set the hygrostat to your desired average humidity

Adjustable Digital Hygrostat –
A hygrostat is a device that works very similarly to a thermostat that controls temperature except a hygrostat controls the humidity. The hygrostat has a set of probes that are inserted into the incubator that measure the humidity and automatically switches the humidifier on and off as the humidity rises and falls. The hygrostat is able to be set to almost any desired humidity level to accurately provide a stable humidity range.

Humidification System - The Humidikit’s humidification system uses ultrasonic technology to instantly provide humidity which is gently blown into the incubator. The humidification system also provides fresh air to help keep the eggs healthy.  We have also found that using distilled water in the HumidiKit not only provides a more sanitary environment for the eggs it also extends the life of the system.

1 Liter Capacity – The water bottle that is included with the HumidiKit has a 1 liter capacity. For most tabletop incubators this means that the water bottle typically only needs to be filled once a week during the regular incubation period.

Expandable Tubing – The expandable tubing will expand to 30 inches and fits into most vent holes allowing the HumidiKit to be compatible with most incubators.’s One-year No Hassle Guarantee – We stand behind our products and have great customer service.

To learn more or to purchase the HumidiKit click here.

Have Questions? E-mail us at or call (208-740-1344) and a customer service representative will happy to help.

2 Comments | Posted in Product Details By Evan Cornia

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.

Comments | Posted in Product Details By Kip Jensen
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.

Comments | Posted in Product Details By Kip Jensen

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"


Comments | Posted in Product Details By Incubator Warehouse Administrator

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! 


Comments | Posted in Product Details By Incubator Warehouse Administrator

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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