Pros: Set and forget.. Just add water
Pros: Set and forget.. Just add water
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: Excellent hatch rates. Worry free!
Cons: Small. Moisture does get trapped in the turning mechanism.
I love this little incubator. I get excellent hatch rates with it. It even managed to hatch shipped northern pintail eggs. I've hatched quails, chickens and ducks with this incubator. I highly recommend it. It's very reliable and a set and forget type of incubator. Humidity holds steady. Easy to view into and witness the hatching process. I'm very pleased with it. It's relatively easy to clean. Moisture does sometimes build up in the turning mechanism and I've notice some rusting going on. But this is after 3 years of using it very heavily. Batch after batch. When I'm done with a hatch, I thoroughly clean it and leave the lid off so the moisture dries. It's never let me down and very well made. An overall excellent incubator to hatch a small batch of eggs!
Pros: Easy to use. digital radout on Humidity, inexpensive for the advanced features it offers. Great comoany quality.
Cons: Replacement parts are pricey
I have 2 of these. Just love them. Brinsea has an online users forum for questions.
The humidity comes back up so quick one can remove the dome during hatching to take out broken shells.
Best small incubator for the money for folks who don't need to hatch a lot of chicks.
Easy to clean and store.
Karen and the Light Sussex
in western PA, USA
Pros: Set it and forget it. Alarm system
Cons: No Humidity control/Small
Okay so I am new to this and I am not the best at remembering to do things regularly at the same time etc...this little machine took all the quesswork and regular maintenance out of it. I plugged it in and it was set to the right temperature. I put the egg turning disc (it comes with a seven egg standard large fowl disc) in and added water to the middle reservoir (one of the two chambers) and put my eggs in. Being a first timer, I had shipped eggs and I never let them 'rest'. I was excited and I just started right up. I had the incubator on for a day and a half before the eggs arrived and it maintained temperature with no problems. There is an alarm for letting you know if the temp. drops etc.
Long story short ...exactly 21 days later two little chicks came out with no issues. Most of the other eggs had no development in them and I think they can easily be blamed on three factors.
So I am really happy. Already ordered myself more eggs and I also ordered a second Brinsea.
My regret is not buying the Octagon right off the bat. I wish I could exchange two mini's in and take the Octagon 20.
The second one I bought doesn't have the 'advanced' part so I will have to manually turn etc. I also did buy a hygrometer this time around just to see how my humidity is. To be honest I forgot to fill the water pot up most of the time with my first hatch and it would be dry when I candled. (That was the only time I opened the incubator).
Just a side note, I purchased this with the classroom pack.
Pros: Convenient, easy to use, compact
This is my first time hatching eggs (button quail eggs) so I wanted an incubator that was straight-forward and smaller. So far so good! I would recommend using this incubator if you are new to raising birds or are looking for a high quality- low scale incubator.
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, Great for beginners.
Cons: Small, expensive.
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!