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Brinsea Mini Advance Incubator

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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!

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Pros: Set and forget.. Just add water

Cons: N/A

It really is set and forget easy... Every other day we filled the one water pod as instructed and just left them alone. First time hatching eggs, we got 100% success.. 7 out of 7 hatched healthy and ready to go. It was easy, it was awesome, and it was perfect for our small backyard flock. If you want high success without being over run with chickens its perfect. If you want lots and lots of chickens id go elsewhere as this will only get you 7 a month

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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.

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Pros: Excellent temperature control, durable, easy maintenance

Cons: Small, no humidity control

I used the Brinsea Mini Advance incubator this past spring to incubate Wyandotte bantam eggs. Overall, the incubator performed very well. The temperature remained steady and the automatic turner made daily maintenance relatively simple. No more worrying about hand turning the eggs several times a day! My hatch with the Mini Advance turned out pretty good, with 4 out of 5 fertile eggs hatching. 

 

One point I would like to change about this incubator is its humidity control. In the center of the incubator, there is a small reservoir that you fill halfway with water during most of the incubation, and fill completely during the last three days. Supposedly, that makes the incubator have correct humidity. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell the humidity for sure. The incubator itself has no humidity monitor, and it is too small to place a separate humidity gauge in. You're left at the mercy of the incubator when it comes to keeping humidity correct.

 

Another point is the incubator's size. For small hatches (7 eggs or less), the incubator is a great investment. However, it does limit the number of eggs you can set at a time, which can be a disadvantage depending on how many chicks you want.

 

Still, I overall rate this incubator highly, and would recommend it for use by others.

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Pros: accurate and you can clearly view the progress of the hatch

Cons: none

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!

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Pros: Set it and forget it!

Cons: BRINSEA DOES NOT CALIBRATE THESE UNITS PRIOR TO LEAVING THE FACTORY!

When I purchased the Mini Advance, I assumed that it was calibrated from the factory! It appears that this is not so. The eggs came from my girls and were about as fresh as can be, and loaded them in the incubator. I measured the eggs weights throughout the process and the eggs were losing the appropriate amount of weight throughout the incubation process. Everything was going perfectly! 

Unfortunately the results were horrible! Out of 7 eggs, only 4 hatched, three of which did not look good at hatch time 2 subsequently died the next day. Another one had pipped but must have died just after the first pip because that was as far as that one went, and the other 2 were fully developed but never pipped must less hatch. I could not understand why I had such a terrible hatch. The only thing I could think of was that the temperature was not right so, I purchased a spot check thermometer and compared it to two other thermometers that I knew were dead on. The spot check was accurate! After the hatch I checked the temperature and I discover that the temp, 20mm above the turner, is only 98.1 degrees as opposed to the 99.5 that the unit was reading throughout the hatch. All of a sudden I see why the bad hatch and it all makes sense. I have two other friends who just purchased the same unit and their Mini 7's were also not calibrated from the factory.  One read 98.1 (purchased 3/2015) and the other read 102.3 (purchased 4/2015). They both also had terrible first hatches, which is understandable considering the temperatures were so way off. You would think that Brinsea, selling a near $200, 7 egg incubator, would have at least had the courtesy of calibrating the units prior to shipping. Brinsea should at least advise their customers that the units are not calibrated from the factory and encourage the buyer to buy a thermometer of some sort or better yet, calibrate the units at the factory. What a disappointment! Do yourself a favor. When buying one of these over priced incubators, consider dropping another $20 so you can check that the temperature is correct because you can be **** sure that Brinsea did not calibrate the unit prior to leaving the factory.

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Pros: Easy to use and clean

Cons: Factory setting not correct

I'm posting this review mainly to let those who are buying one know not to trust the incubator right out of the box.  Brinsea claims that it comes calibrated and pre-set at 99.5 degrees.  I made the mistake of trusting it for my first hatch and had a very poor delayed hatch.  During this time my friend also bought one and when he checked his temp with a Spot Check thermometer, he found that the actual temperature was 98 when set at 99.5.  We checked mine, and low and behold it too was 98 degrees.  I know have my own spot check thermometer and another digital thermometer which I used to re calibrate the machine and have had much better success.  

 

My friend sold some eggs to another guy nearby who bought the same incubator.  After a 30% hatch on what my friend knew were excellent eggs, he brought the incubator with him when he went to pick up replacement eggs.  His incubator came from the factory set at 102 despite the 99.5 reading on the display.  That's 3 for 3 on brand new incubators that were not calibrated properly.  This is a great little unit but its disappointing to see such a lack in quality control.

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Pros: Easy to use,excellent hatch rates,easy to control temperature

Cons: None

This is an excellent incubator for small hatches and classroom hatching.All you need to do is fill it with water every 3 days and it does everything else and you get to watch every minute of the chicks hatching.My lowest hatch rate was 85% and my highest was 100%.I would highly recommend this incubator to beginner chicken keepers or people who only want to hatch small numbers of chicks.

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Pros: When it works, it works great

Cons: Only 4 hatches before it malfunctioned

This little incubator is great when it's working. I had 3 successful hatches in two years. However, 4 days before the chicks were due, the heating unit and sensor shot craps. The "alarm" is a tiny chirping noise that can't be heard from another room so we weren't aware until it was too late. The company was of little help - said they had "never heard of this problem" (the temperature readings were fluctuating wildly from 89-106 degrees) but they would be happy to charge me to fix it. The unit was cleaned carefully after every use and stored in the box. Not sure what else we could have done to prevent this, but to only get 3 good uses out of it and 7 dead chicks leaves me very disappointed. Think I'll just order from the hatcheries from now on. :-(

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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.

 Best Regards,

 Karen and the Light Sussex

  in western PA, USA

Brinsea Mini Advance Incubator
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The Brinsea Mini Advance incubator will incubate up to seven standard size chicken eggs and up to 12 quail/pheasant eggs. You can also hatch duck, Amazon and Macaw eggs in this incubator. It has a turning tray to make it fully automatic. You can remove the tray, turn off the auto turn feature and turn the eggs manually if you so choose. It also monitors the temp and controls it but does not have humidity controls. There's a water reservoir in the center of the unit. In auto turn, you can adjust the turn interval and the turn angle according to the egg size. It comes with one turning tray for seven hen/duck eggs. You can purchase a tray for 12 quail/pheasant size eggs separately. Instructions that come with the unit are very detailed and complete.

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