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Inus our Incubator! May 19, 2012

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What did the turkey say to the man who tried to shoot it? – Liberty, Equality and Bad aim for all.

Yes, we named our incubator.  We named it Inus because it starts with an “I” and we couldn’t think of a different name that started with an “I” that would be good enough 🙂

All jokes aside, this incubator deserves props.  When Aaron and I started doing this we both agreed, the big birds were his and the little ones were mine.  But honestly, we both do as much work as the other on both…So we started looking at the typical Styrofoam incubators and heard horror stories about them…Needless to say my wonderful smart husband got on the Internet and searched it for a reputable source for an incubator that was going to not only work now, but be dependable for the future!  And what did he find????  Dickey’s Incubators…

The owner of Dickey’s Incubators is out of GA and is not only a genius, but a very dependable man when you have questions at the end of the day or early in the morning.  We got the incubator that has three turning tables and the bottom is a hatcher.  It has an electronic thermostat and a back-up wafer in case for some reason the electronic goes out, which rarely happens.  It also has forced air coming from the back and a great thermometer and humidity status reading in the front where the window is.  The next part is Gee-Wizz knowledge just in case you are new to incubating…If you know what your doing skip this part…Hatching turkey eggs are somewhat difficult.  Eggs must be kept at a steady temperature.  Too hot or too cold can cause the baby turkey to die.  Eggs also need to have constant steady humidity.  This enables the poult inside to get moisture and not dry up, but be careful, too much and the poult may drown inside of his shell!  And that would suck…bad!  Dickey’s Incubators, or Inus as we call him, has a tray on top where the fan blows in that regulates our humidity at 65-70% humidity.  (Some will argue that the humidity we keep ours at is low, don’t want to jinx us but it is working pretty good for us).  Inus is also equipped with three turning trays.  This allows the eggs to sit comfortably inside their little tray and be automatically rotated every two hours.  This helps the poults inside remain on one side then on the other to prevent “sticking” which also sounds like it would suck!  The hatcher in Inus is in the very bottom.  I was concerned at first about cold spots in Inus but we have had great success using this incubator!  It is important to well how do I put this nicely, “LEAVE THE EGGS ALONE!”  I’ve ruined several eggs because I wanted to be a poult mommy and candle every egg to see what was inside instead of being patient, thus I’m a poult murderer. 

The owner also who makes the incubators is probably one of the nicest people we’ve dealt with while doing turkeys.  We honestly had NO IDEA where to start with baby turkeys.  We ordered the incubator, it came in the mail two days later, and then I called the owner and said HELP!  HOW DO I DO THIS!  And he honestly walked me through the set-up, and everything else that I had questions on, he was never bothered to answer my quesitons, and lets face it, I’m a ditz.  This is his website:

Honestly, bottom line, this incubator has made all the difference.  If we didn’t have Inus, we wouldn’t have baby turkeys.  Period.  Moral of the story is: if your going to do something, do it right! 



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