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These are items that would primarily be of interest to other breeders of poultry

Cabinet Incubators

  • Capacity – 288 chicken eggs
  • Come with egg trays for chicken eggs (extra cost if you were buying new units)
  • Cleaned and ready to use
  • Fully tested and thermostat adjusted (may need to fine tune after moving)
  • Easy to work on if you have basic handyman skills

2 units for sale, each with different capabilities:

  1. Dickey Cabinet – $550, Upgraded to have digital thermostat and clear acrylic door.
  2. GQF 1502 Cabinet – $650, all digital controls. Control unit buttons work, but some button covers are gone. Comes with 6 chicken egg trays with “bumpers” added to make them fit well into the trays.

The GQF is easier to clean than the Dickey. The Dickey could be improved if you gave it a coat of epoxy paint to make it shed dirt easier. I don’t hatch in the Dickey for that reason. It is always better to hatch in a separate incubator if you can. The cheap styrofoam incubators usually work better as hatchers than for setting eggs, as the temperature fluctuations are much less important during hatching and they hold humidity very well.

The Dickey is simpler and cheaper to work on if you ever need to fix it. The digital thermostat is impressive in its ability to lock onto a temp with a single adjustment knob. Dickeys are absolutely the best value in mid-scale incubation. I am moving up to a larger incubator to avoid having to run 4 or 5 cabinets.

If this size incubator is adequate for your needs, either of these is an excellent buy and they hold their value well. You can likely sell them for what you bought them for in a few years if you want to upgrade later.

Breeding stock

  • Peafowl – One pair for sale. Peahen is $250, peacock is $200. Together, $400, but I should warn you they will probably not breed with each other. I got all infertile eggs this year. Peahens can be picky about who they allow to mate with them. If someone already has some peafowl and can split these up with other mates, they might do better.
  • Opal Legbar cockerels – $20 each. These are from my flock that was genetically tested to be homozygous for blue eggs, so every chick they produce will lay blue (or green) eggs. That is a huge leap ahead with the Opals that have been plagued with the recessive white egg gene since their inception.
  • Silkied Cochin Bantam cockerels – $20 each. Exciting different kind of cochin. If you breed cochin bantams, putting one of these cockerels with normal hens will create chicks that are split for the silkied feathering, while bringing some of the good qualities you have been breeding for into your own line of silkied cochins.