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
    Purchase Date:

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  1. Katmando
    If you factor in that half are roos, that makes those hens pretty pricey! I'm debating about spending more to send it back and fix it. After this disappointment, it (or any incubator) will always be suspect. I have a few hens that get broody and have used them to hatch, too, just didn't have one when I needed it this time.

  2. RJSorensen
    Sorry for your problem, that just leaves one with a sad, sick, and unhealthy feeling. I too hate to be on the line for birds that did not make it due to human failure(s). I thought long and hard on hatching chicks, I decided to do as you state, just order form the hatcheries for the birds I wish. I suppose there are those, of which I am one, that are just better off using this approach. The Brinsea brand is known for being top notch, but in all things, some just do not work as well as others.

    For me, I keep birds out of love for them. As such I do not expect to ever show a profit on my flock. But if you only hatched three batches, of seven chicks each, 21 birds total, that makes them each worth/cost $7.28 each. I have paid more, but for backyard birds, that is a price that would leave one a bit… well lacking in satisfaction regarding the perceived value of your investment.

    There is value, in sharing your experience. Others will have more information with which to choose the path they wish to follow.

    Thanks for your post.

  3. theoldguy
    How many Bantam eggs does it hold?
  4. ChicKat
    I'm always reluctant to open mine - (I also have two) - and I appreciate all the automated features. Usually I wait until I am removing a chick and then grab shell parts at the same time.

    Just now I have 7 females and on male (My breed is autosexing so I know at hatch what the gender is)--- There are still 4-eggs left--but I think it will be these 8 out of the dozen that made it to lock down.

    Seems like if I don't remove chicks at a certain point - the humidity inside gets so that moisture is condensed on the walls etc. and the later chicks don't dry very fast,
  5. Coopnana
    We have great success with this little automatic incubator...just hatched out 7 out of 7 this morning...even though I had messed up and forgot to shut off the auto-cool down feature in final 3 days before hatch. I too quickly pull out the shells in-between to make room during the hatching.
  6. KellyS
    I'm curious about that too.
  7. DustyDawgy
    How much did it cost?
  8. Hillschicks
    Another bonus.. Our last hatch had a power outage on day 10. Electric company said it would be many hours before it came back on. So we picked up our mini advance, took it to family down the road who still had power and got them plugged right in and never missed a beat.. Lets see a big incubator do that on a moments notice
  9. Hillschicks
    Dont open during lockdown i mean
  10. Hillschicks
    I got mine right from .. But i also had a 10% off discount code and it happened to be on sale.. Shop around, they are pricey, but deals can be found. As for the 7 eggs being crammed in and no room to hatch, we had the same concern, but we just stuck with it and let them finish.. They all found a way out.. All i know if dont open it unless you have too cuz sudden humidity changes can do major damage.. Like shrink wrapped chicks in egg membrane

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