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. RedBreasted
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. theoldguy
    How many Bantam eggs does it hold?
  9. 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,
  10. 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.

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