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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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Recent User Reviews

  1. snow5164
    "Not well designed"
    Pros - Good instructions, great customer service , my tray was cracked.
    Cons - Not enough room for 4 chicks . Lots of egg rolling and getting stuck . Not a great hatch rate for my attempts.
    Poor design, not enough room for the hatched chicks. Adding water to the tiny cup in the middle is a challenge.
    It fogged up and made observations difficult.
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  2. acemario
    "Perfect for small hatches"
    Pros - Amazing hatch rates, simplify the process, no messing with humidity
    Cons - Only hatches 7 large fowl or 12 bantam eggs
    I have had nothing but success with my Brinsea Mini Advanced. This will be my fourth hatching season with it running for at least six consecutive weeks, and it still works great! (Although the fan does rattle a little more than it used to.)

    I would highly recommend this to hobby hatchers anywhere!
  3. QueenMisha
    "Excellent incubator for the backyard hobbyist"
    Pros - Great hatch rates; easy to set up; good design; accurate; simple
    Cons - None!
    A Brinsea Mini was my first incubator and it will be my last too. It is a high quality small incubator for the backyard hobbyist; no, you can't hatch a ton of chicks out of it, but it's ideal for folks who just want to keep small flock numbers up or have some fun with hatching eggs! Temperature control and turning modes are totally digital. Humidity is not, however I have found keeping the humidity up in a Mini simpler than trying to calibrate it in an incubator with automatic humidity - simply fill one of the wells up every couple days. The incubator is made of a tough and durable plastic, and makes it very easy to view the eggs as they hatch! It is easy to clean as well.

    I have only ever had one issue with this incubator - after about 5 years of use, the transformer cord wore out. I ordered a new one for about $15 from Brinsea and now my baby's up and running again. Other than that, it has been perfect from the day I got it.
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  1. LuvnEnglishOrps
    completely unrelated to the review..but LOVE your profile pic..Jensen has been drool worthy for years and I dontnthink Supernatural would be what it is without him <3
  2. AmandaKyle
    I am using this incubator for the first time and so far I'm very pleased with it! The temperature holds steady, the humidity is right where it should be, and so far all the eggs are developing!

    I bought it on Amazon for $187. I have Prime shipping so it was at my door in 2 days!
  3. N F C
    Someday I hope to get a small incubator so your review was very helpful. This is the size for me as I'd only want to hatch a few at a time. Good to know your experience with this one has been positive.
  4. Garjzla
    Oh no! So, nothing hatched?
  5. CooperDooper
    Thanks for the input. I did discover that there is about a 1.5 degree difference between the bottom of the bator and resting the thermometer on the raised middle (the water compartment). So I just set my eggs in. I have the bator set for 100.7 which reads 99.2 at the raised middle. As for humidity, I filled one of the 2 cups and will hope for the best. I am borrowing a friend's hygrometer from her college lab where she teaches - hopefully it will accurate. Although I am getting caught up in the very specifics and plan to step back and see what happens now!
    Thanks again!
  6. PolentaDragon
    There is a method for calibrating a hygrometer using a bag of salt (really! - you can search for it on here), which would possibly save you some grief - the humidity is just as important as the temperature throughout the hatch, and depending on your hatching method it needs to increase significantly after lockdown. With that much difference between the bator's temperature reading and the mercury thermometer, I would suggest using a food thermometer to see which one is more accurate - you can easily calibrate the food thermometer with boiling water - and then just adjust the bator's readout, or adjust for the difference whenever you read it. On the other hand it seems unlikely that the mercury thermometer would be wrong - I've never heard of them being out before - so you could probably just stick that in and go with that. Hatching with an incubator might be a fun project for some, but I've found it so stressful. Since then I just leave it up to a brooody - even new mammas will do a better job then I ever could!
  7. CooperDooper
    Hello - I am borrowing this incubator from a friend who purchased it in 3/15 and successfully hatched chicks last spring. After reading your comments on calibration, I placed the thermometer/hygrometer from our snake's enclosure into the incubator. After a few hours, it read about 92 degrees and 60%humidity (I filled both halves of the water container). To double check it, I then placed my old mercury oral thermometer inside - and it reads 98.4

    Do you think that I should calibrate it? Or should I just place my eggs tomorrow and see what happens?
    I also really wish it had a hygrometer built in!!!

    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!
  8. venymae
    Yes, that's what the direction tell you to do. However it doesn't always work for me. In the summer when it's very humid, one half cup shoots my humidity up too high. Also, unless you get the seperate hydrogememter, you can't tell what your himidity is at. There is no guage built in.
  9. ChickenGrass
    For this incubator I just full one half of the cup in the middle
    And on day 18 I full then both up to the top.
    I do this with my brinsea octagon 20 too.
    I fill up one resivoir and on day 18 fill up the other one
    I always have good hatches with this method.
  10. shouts
    Just got it - can't wait to try it out!

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