An important decision to make when buying an incubator is what you personally want to get out of your product. The obvious answer to this question is ‘to hatch my eggs, however, with so much choice on the market, it’s really up to you to decide how you go about this. Whether it is the kind of features you have, the number of eggs you want to hatch or the price point, there are options to suit almost all variations in your needs. It really it is down to you to choose what the right balance of these features is.
To make this choice easier, I am going to show you one of those options and how these choices might affect your breeding experience. Many of the choices you make can be boiled down to a choice between efficacy and efficiency. Do you want to invest in a cutting-edge incubator that will yield the highest turnover successful hatches or do you want to find a solution that will maximize the number hatches? The HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit is very much the latter, offering an effective hatching solution at a very reasonable price point. In this review, I will show you how this is achieved, and what some of the pros and cons of this cost effective solution are.
Before we begin a review of the technical details of the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit it is important to outline some of the criteria I will be looking at, and what these mean in terms of the incubator you will get.
Price is the first thing to look at as this can have the biggest effect on what you get from your incubator. At the time of writing the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit costs just under this price, which for an incubator is definitely on the cheaper end of the spectrum. And to its credit, the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit does offer many of the standard features that you would come to expect from a lower to mid range incubator and as such offers good value for money.
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Next to consider is the egg capacity. For some smaller incubators (5-10 eggs) might be enough to suit their needs. In this case, there are many lower capacity incubators that can suit this purpose. However, if you are looking to hatch as many eggs as possible, the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit may be the option for you as it can hold an impressive 42 chicken eggs.
The final thing to consider is the overall build quality. This is where the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit is let down compared to other incubators. Boasting a huge egg capacity and lots of features at a reasonable price might seem too good to be true, and that is because it is. Compared to other incubators in the same kind of price range, the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit feels a little flimsy. Moreover, some users have struggled to maximize the efficiency of some of features on offer. However this does not necessarily mean that the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit is a bad incubator, but it is certainly something that you should be aware of before deciding on which incubator is right for you.
HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit Overview:
The first thing you will notice about the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit is its simple design. Packed into a simple styrofoam cube the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit does not offer much by way of style. However, the simplicity of its design belies one of its greatest advantages. With its simple and effective construction, the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit allows for the use of a low wattage heater, ensuring that HovaBator can deliver a product that is as effective as its higher end counterparts, for a much smaller price.
Moreover, as it is so simple in design HovaBator are able to offer cross compatible upgrades for your incubator. Again this is great for anyone looking to buy an incubator on a budget as it allows you to buy upgrades over time as and when you need them. While this kit comes with most of the upgrades included there are still some extras like different sized egg trays that you can upgrade to if you choose to switch egg type.
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The HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit also comes with a digital thermometer/hydrometer to make sure that your eggs remain at the perfect temperature and humidity. This is an essential feature for all incubators as any deviations in temperature and humidity can have an adverse effect on the development of the egg. While some incubators may not come with this as standard it is an important piece of equipment, especially for beginners, as incorrect temperature is one of the main causes of failure in incubation.One of the most important features of an incubator is its turning system. By turning the eggs at regular intervals the embryo is kept in the correct position and is prevented from touching the membrane. As such having an automatic turner means the user significantly increases the chances of a successful hatch compared to not turning the eggs. Again the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit offers a cost saving solution. By doing away with individual cups and replacing them with a tray, the incubator is able to turn many eggs with the same system. Unlike some of the other cost reducing features the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit has this one is slightly problematic as without individual cups there is a loss in stability and an increased chance of failure to hatch.
Pros and cons:
As you can see, the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit takes an interesting place on the incubator market. It offers many effective solutions to that its competitors cannot. However, these solutions do not come without some flaws. To simplify your choice, I will compile these into a list of pros and cons, highlighting these issues:
- You won’t be able to find a cheaper incubator with so many features packed in.
- In terms of egg capacity, the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit is second to none.
- Simplicity. Its simple design means this is easy to use, and upgrade product.
- The simple materials it is made from makes the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit feel flimsy compared to other incubators
- Not having individual egg cups makes the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit an efficient incubator than others on the market.
If you are looking for an incubator that is cheap can hold lots of eggs and has a high build quality you may be looking for a long time. In truth, there is no perfect incubator, and at some point, you will have to decide what is an acceptable level of compromise for you. While not having the build quality of other incubators the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit does provide an effective incubator at an affordable price remarkably well.
By cutting back on cosmetics and deploying some clever design practices of its own the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit Packs a deceptively effective product into its humbly priced box. However, at points, the effectiveness of the product is held back by some of these cost saving measures. This compromise means you will have to be comfortable with the idea of losing some eggs where a higher end product might have saved them. However, this does not mean that the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit is unuseable. In fact, if you are willing to work around some of its flaws the HovaBator Advanced Egg Incubator Combo Kit is one of the best incubators around for delivering large quantities of eggs for minimal cost.
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