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.
Cons - Numerous... hard to clean, poor design, poor hatch rate, outrageously expensive for what you get. It's mainly plastic!
After reading all the glowing reviews of this incubator, and after using it twice, I'm very disappointed with the design. There was no way to top off the water during lockdown and I lost two fully developed chicks, I complained to Brinsea by email, no response. I wrote the same thing on fb, then they went out of their way to send me a new bottom tray that does let you fill the water during lockdown. Why didn't they offer me this option when I told them about my negative experience by email?
It's also extremely hard to clean in my opinion. The top portion where the fan is isn't easy to clean even after you screw off the clear plastic piece on the bottom. After taking it apart and looking at how it was put together, it's such a kludge. Tape holding things together, how long will that hold up?
How does this tiny, expensive incubator get glowing reviews? Fresh Eggs Daily & Chicken Chick like it. Mine will be for sale after this current hatch.
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!