Egg Incubator Review:Miller model 9200/1602b
Egg Incubator Review:
- 17-3/4″ x 17-3/4″ Egg incubator with still air.
- Made of durable Styrofoam to help retain warmth & keep a constant temperature.
- Incubators feature two 4″ x 8″ viewing windows.
- Solid state thermostat control.
This is a very basic [cheap] model from Miller Manufacturing. It has your basic Styrofoam construction. This unit features a still air design, which means it has no fan. Still air incubators typically have a much lower hatch rate which is what happens with this model. Hatch rates are all over the charts on this. Some had 0% because it overheated and killed the eggs and others had up to 80% success rates which is quite a range. There was a lot of feedback on the heat of this unit. Many said it was not dependable keeping the heat. One lady said it fluctuated from 80 degrees to 107. As you may know that heat consistency is the main thing you need for hatching eggs. You must have constant temperature to be successful.
No auto egg turner:
Not having an egg turner is a major drawback for these cheaper models. Turning eggs 3 times a day for 28 days can be a real pain, so be sure you are up to the task.
Although it is very inexpensive as far as incubators go, it can be very expensive to operate. Here is why. Purchasing an incubator is a one time expense, purchasing eggs to hatch is ongoing. If you chose a cheap incubator that kills your eggs, you will have the ongoing expense of replacing your eggs. If you get a 50% hatch rate with this model you will have lost half your eggs. Not that bad if they are cheap chicken eggs you gathered from your own flock. It is very bad if they are expensive eggs you bought. Buying a cheap incubator can cost you a lot of money in the long run.
In my opinion this would be okay for cheap eggs, but be sure to keep it in a temperature controled room, and to have a digital thermostat in with the eggs. It would also be advisable to run the incubator empty for several days to make su