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. MyCuteCoop
    "Should have humidity"
    Pros - clear sides, large in size.
    Cons - no humidity, not enough egg space
  2. LLozano
    "New to this"
    Pros - Price
    Cons - Learning curve
    Just FYI Tractor Supply has this unit markdown from 219$ to 54$. I bought one yesterday and I do not even have a chicken set up yet. Working on it but I could not pass it by.
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    54$ on sale
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  3. StiltChickens
    "Cannot recommend enough!"
    Pros - Easy to use, excellent hatch rates.
    Cons - Little toes can get pinched when opening and shutting it.
    An excellent incubator. It provides a very stable environment, and is fantastically easy to use. It provides good hatch rates, even for birds with very high embryo mortality(like seramas.). My only complaint is that if drying chicks make a break for freedom, then their toes can get pinched. If the bottom half had higher sides, then this wouldn't be an issue. 10/10 would recommend.
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  1. DragonParadigm
    I have been using the Brinsea maxi II advance and one still I have to add water to the external or internal reservoir.
    One also has to monitor said water and also add their own humidity gauge to self-monitor the humidity as well. The higher up model has a humidity gauge I think.
    I will most likely invest in the Brinsea humidity pump, because I think that add-on does all the humidity work for us.
    I have only hatched one buff Orpington (light brown)egg so far. I have a whole assortment in there right now. Ranging from large rare endangered breed eggs tiny bantams eggs.
  2. Purple House
    Not a good incubator for hatching dark brown eggs which need lower than usual humidity. I got almost a zero percent hatch rate on dark eggs with this incubator, switched to another one which displays the humidity rate and got 100% hatch rate.
  3. buttertart
    I have read that this brand of incubator has a fan in it and when the chicks hatched they get caught in it and get very hurt if not killed. I may be wrong about this model. But it was this brand. I believe there is a screen you can get to cover the fan to protect the chicks as they hatch. I have seen some awful pictures of the chicks being injured. Just an FYI maybe.
  4. AliceA
    I had good results in my classroom. Mine had the automatic humidity control. One grade up.
    The help line was very helpful!
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  5. 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
  6. 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!
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  7. 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.
  8. Garjzla
    Oh no! So, nothing hatched?
  9. 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!
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  10. 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!

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