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. silkiekeeper
    "Works great!"
    Pros - No egg turning, easy to add water from the outside
    Cons - Only holds 7 eggs
    I have the mini advance II and I love it. I basically just plug it in and add water every day. My first hatch was 100%.
  2. MyCuteCoop
    "Should have humidity"
    Pros - clear sides, large in size.
    Cons - no humidity, not enough egg space
  3. LLozano
    "New to this"
    Pros - Price
    Cons - Learning curve
    Just FYI Tractor Supply has this unit markdown from 219$ to 54$. I bought one yesterday and I do not even have a chicken set up yet. Working on it but I could not pass it by.
    Purchase Price:
    54$ on sale
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  1. AreYouLoved
    The best incubator I have ever used is the Genesis 1588 pre-set incubator. for fertile eggs I have had nothing less than a 95% hatch rate. Love that machine. :)
  2. theoldguy
    Buy the Hovabator Genesis ,about 200 dollars very reliable hatches 40 eggs. I even bought a 12 volt adapter for use with a battery(adpater for less then 20 dollars. I have had mine you 3 yrs and have hatched out several groups of chicks.Last time I had an 85% hatch on Cornish bantams extremely good for the breed.The best little incubator on the market I think.It also has a large viewing window on top.Made in America too :) I got mine with an egg turner too.
  3. Math
    Wow, $175.00 is pretty expensive for 7 chicks a month. I hatch about 30 chicks per month. That would require 4 or 5 of these incubators with a hatch rate of 100%. I'll pass until I'm hatching rare breed expensive eggs.
  4. kss1113
    Just bought one and it cost me $175.00
  5. karib574
    How do you calibrate the incubator??
  6. RedBreasted
  7. PolentaDragon
    Sorry, I guess I should clarify. Mine was actually an OctagonAdvance, and I had borrowed it from a friend who had - quite a while previously - used it for a successful hatch. I wasn't necessarily faulting Brinsea (except that they make such a statement out of how amazingly accurate their incubators SHOULD be) just making a point that you should ALWAYS calibrate the thermometer and hygrometer before a hatch, because it is very disappointing to take the risk and find out the hard way that it was inaccurate. Also empathizing with your loss, because it happened to me as well.
  8. joed1223
    Here ya go! go to 2:30 min in the Brinsea video.They even state in their video that they are "calibrated and checked from the factory". PolentaDragon is the fourth Mini Advance that came from the factory not calibrated. I'd make a bet that there's a lot more out there that are not factory calibrated.
  9. PolentaDragon
    I learned the hard way as well that you should always calibrate both the thermometer and hygrometer on your incubator. They do suggest in the manual that it should be done about every two years. but it also says: "BE CAUTIOUS OF LOW COST ANALOGUE OR DIGITAL THERMOMETERS AND HYGROMETERS. BRINSEA[​IMG] PRODUCTS LTD USES SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT TRACEABLE TO INTERNATIONAL REFERENCE STANDARDS." Which makes you sort of reach the conclusion that the incubator is far more accurate than any other device you could possibly get your low-tech-middle-of-nowhere hands on. It didn't even occur to me that it might be wrong until the second failed hatch (the first time we assumed it was due to a different problem) at which point I calibrated a meat thermometer and discovered it was running a whole 4.5 degrees colder than it was reading. Absolutely heartbreaking. So I completely agree, all incubators should be calibrated for both temperature and humidity before use, every single time.
    I always keep my temperature at 97.7 to 98.3 and never had a problem but never near the 102.0 degree.

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