Pros: Set and forget.. Just add water
Pros: Set and forget.. Just add water
Pros: accurate and you can clearly view the progress of the hatch
I bought this incubator for my very first hatch and I am so incredibly happy with the results. I had 7 marans eggs shipped from Illinois to los angeles and when the box arrived, it was totally smashed. I was so afraid to open it. None of them were cracked but all the air cells were saddled and I totally forgot what I had read about "resting" the shipped eggs. So I just threw them in the incubator that night, with the turner on. I also turned on the cooling option after the first week, like the manual suggested. The temperature was never off by more than one degree for the entire 3 weeks. I thought maybe I would get 3 or 4 chicks out of the hatch but actually ended up with all 7!!! This little guy did all the work. I just programmed it like the manual said. I can't wait to see what my results will be for my second hatch!
Pros: Easy to use, gets the job done.
Its a great little bator', it gets the job done, and its easy to use!! The only thing I don't like is that it can only do seven eggs at a time. Other than that its great!!
Pros: Easy to use
Cons: Small, um... that's it
I got this for Christmas, and I have been wanting this for months, an dI finally got it, and I LOVE it! I am incubating Serama eggs right now, I am on day 3, and so far, so good! This is an amazing incubator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pros: Easy to use, automatic, idiot proof
This was my first incubator and its really what got me started in the world of hatching and raising my own birds. Its very easy to use and comes fully pre-set from the factory for chicken eggs, and setting it up for a different kind of fowl is very quick and easy. Once running you can pretty much leave it to do its thing, no more checking 10x a day to make sure the temperature is right!
A perfect incubator for someone starting out, I can't say enough good things about it!
Pros: simple to use, effective
Not only was this incubator easy to use, sturdy, and fascinating to see the hatching up close and personal through the plastic, but Brinsea has excellent directions and information in the packaging.
I bought a second Brinsea...and had an issue which was superbly resolved by Rose Power at Brinsea. It has been a long time since I saw such excellent customer service.
I can heartily recommend this product.
Pros: auto turn, easy clean after hatch, holds temp well, great for small hatches, digital display
Cons: doesn't have humidity control, but I had zero issues with humidity. I followed the instructions and both hatches went well.
I wanted a small incubator to start out my hatching adventures. I also wanted one with a digitally controlled thermostat. I also wanted an autoturner. This little incubator fit the bill. I love the clear plastic dome when my eggs start to pip. I can move all around the unit and get a 360 degree view of the eggs and chicks when they start hatching. When I candle eggs and replace them back under the dome, the Brinsea Mini Advance can rebound the temps quickly. This incubator can hold 7 eggs with the autoturner in or 10 eggs with the autoturner taken out. (more if the eggs are small) I love the digital readout and everything is easy to set and adjust. You can set how often you want the eggs to turn. You can set an auto cool period to mimic a hen getting off the nest once a day. It has a high and low temp alarm. It will show if the unit has lost power during the incubation period. It has a day countdown timer and the autoturner can be set to turn off at day 18. I candle my eggs for the last time when the autoturner is off, fill both water chambers to increase humidity for hatch, turn the fat ends of the eggs out so I can see pips better, and the waiting really begins. :) The instruction booklet that comes with the unit is detailed but easy to understand.
My first hatch was 5 out of 7. One chick died at day 15 or so, and the other had severe cross beak and never pipped. My second batch, 7 out 7 hatched! I am very, very happy with this incubator and Brinsea as a company. I had an issue with a second order I placed with them, and they were very helpful when I called.
I am so happy with my little power house Brinsea :) I may purchase one of their larger incubators in the future, but the small size of Mini Advance will help keep me from becoming overrun with chickens for the present time.
Pros: Modern & relatively easy to use for small hatches
Cons: Expensive, considering it doesn't include humidity controls
This is incubator is pretty good, but not awesome. I've had 4 incubators total in my "chicken lifetime" so far & while this one gets the job done, it's pretty expensive to purchase initially & you can only hatch a small amount of eggs. Set up is easy, everything is digital, but there is no humidity control. The directions state that on the 18th day you fill up both sides of the reservoir to control humidity. That's it. I've used it 3 times, and while my hatch rate has increased significantly over time (with shipped eggs) my hatch rate is only 80% or so. Not bad, but not great! Once the chicks hatch, they are kind of smooshed in there- like kids pressed against the window on a school bus. I only have hatched Silkies and Polish, both tiny breeds but it's awfully cramped in there when you're waiting for the others to hatch.
I recently purchased a Brinsea Octo 20 advance (not the EX) and I'm much happier with the results. It is a little bit more expensive, but not that much more. Everything is digital, the auto turn cradle literally rocks them back n forth like a baby crib. It's spacious, and easy to clean up. Hatch rate has been much better, but it might just be luck.
I wish I would have just waited, saved up my money & bought 2 of the Octo20's.
Still need to use but overall the inital setup looks very promising with increased acuracy
I bought this little machine in my own country. The reviews were good which made my choice easier. The reason I wanted an incubator was because my pullets won't get broody.
I only hatch for myself to extend the flock and for some close friends. I love to see the whole process of laying in, candeling and then finally the first pipping sounds. Its a great machine if you don't want to much for hatching or for classes to see the whole process. I can recommend it to everyone.