Brinsea Octagon 20 ECO Auto Turn Egg Incubator

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  • The Octagon 20 Eco Autoturn Incubator is a simple but high quality egg incubator. A simple proven electronic temperature control gives reliable hatching results of a wide range of species with minimum fuss. This is an incubator for the cost-conscious and those who require simplicity over features. FEATURES INCLUDE: Egg capacity of 24 hens eggs or equivalent - Simple and accurate proportional band electronic temperature control - Temperature factory preset at 99.5 F - Flashing temperature indicator and conventional but accurate liquid in glass thermometer - Fan assisted air circulation - proof adjustment - Insulated for low energy use and optimal temperature distribution. The unit controls temperature with high accuracy using a proven proportional band electronic controller. A flashing indicator shows that the incubation temperature is being controlled steadily and temperature is monitored. The high quality incubator cabinet is entirely injection moulded from high grade ABS which makes it tough and easy to clean. The base is double skinned and foam filled to reduce heat loss leading to lower electricity consumption and better temperature distribution. The top of the incubator is clear allowing good visibility of the eggs and chicks. Air is circulated by a long life computer grade fan which, coupled with the unique grill with optimized air diffuser leads to extremely even air temperature throughout the egg chamber. Fresh air is controlled with a vent slider and humidity is provided by water in two reservoirs in the base. To accommodate eggs of different sizes the Octagon 20 Eco's removable egg tray is supplied with dividers which the user can position to suit their eggs. Eggs are turned automatically during incubation as the whole incubator is slowly rocked from side to side. Full factory warranty.
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Recent User Reviews

  1. Hannah15
    "I'm Going to Kill This Stupid Thing With FIRE."
    Pros - When it worked, it had a stable temp.
    Cons - It is very difficult to clean, and extremely unreliable.
    I bought this thing mostly just to use as a hatcher. I have an Rcom that I love that I incubate with. It worked fine for that purpose for a while. Although it is incredibly difficult to clean, because there are too many nooks and crannies that you can't get to.

    I did end up getting a turner for it, and that had to be replaced under warranty. I really haven't used this thing much at all, and it has been stored in the house for the entire time I've had it (3 years, I believe). I had to replace the fan a month or so ago because it was noisy and clearly going bad. Then, just today, I cleaned it and then plugged it back in (it had been off for a few days), and it won't heat. Brinsea doesn't even sell heating units for this thing on their website, so I guess I'm just out several hundred dollars (and potentially eggs that I have no where to move). I can guarantee I won't be replacing it with another Brinsea. Maybe it'll make a good doorstop?
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  2. horsekeeper
    Pros - Compact, durable, adjustable for different sized eggs
    Cons - Hard to clean, temp is unstable, turner doesn't last long
    The first few hatches everything worked great. I cleaned it and stored it and the next year is when things started going bad, after the warranty was up, of course.

    The temperature was stable until the eggs went in, then it was all over the place. Got it adjusted, but when lockdown came and the humidity went up the temperature started to fluctuate again and when chicks started hatching the temperature swings got really bad. I moved the remaining eggs to a styrofoam incubator for hatching and it went okay, but the whole point of a Brinsea was the easy cleanup.

    Cleaning the top is a nightmare. You have to take it apart and try to wipe it down without disturbing all the works inside, no easy task. To get to the water slots the egg tray needs to be removed. Since the whole thing is in the turning cradle, this means removing it and putting it back on sometimes when it is tilted sideways and then maneuvering it back on without damaging the cradle.

    I was super careful with the cradle as many have posted that they break easily. No overloading or forcing and it still stopped working. I took it apart to try and find what was broken, but everything looks okay. Working now with the incubator empty, but making a clicking sound, so not sure if it will function with a load of eggs.

    I paid full price from the Brinsea site and feel that it was not worth it. Will not buy any more Brinsea products.
  3. SeaHen
    "Loved it while it worked"
    Pros - 100% hatch rate, ease of operation
    Cons - No response from company to emails or phone calls; no information on how or where to service product once off warranty.
    I bought this incubator about 6 years ago based on enthusiastic BYC member reviews. I used it approximately 4 times over the next several years with awesome results hatching chicken, duck and goose eggs. It's been packed away since last summer, and when I brought it out a few days ago to fire up I discovered the fan is operating but the red light is out and the heater isn't working. It's off warranty of course, but it was a significant investment for me and I would like to get it repaired if that's a possibility. Brinsea is apparently no longer making this model and their website lists no parts that would correspond with what I need. The fact that they aren't responding to my queries is frustrating. Is this incubator a "throw-away" item? I hope to be able to update this review more positively in the near future, but at this point I would be hesitant to purchase more of their products due to the problems with communication.
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  1. SeaHen
    I just realized I posted in the wrong place as my unit is the Octagon 20 model WITHOUT the automatic turner :( As an update to my original post though, I did receive an email yesterday from Rose, the office manager at Brinsea in Florida, who said they would be happy to repair the incubator. The downside is the cost: the service fee is $25. and I would have to pay for parts and shipping each way. If the control board needs to be replaced the cost is $69.99, and she estimates the shipping at around $20. (not sure if that's one or both ways). I'm having some difficulty weighing the decision of paying for repairs versus buying a new incubator because I don't think I spent that much on it brand new. By the way, it was stored in in a cardboard box inside a rubber storage bin in the basement, which I thought was perfectly safe but in retrospect probably wasn't. Glad you have more common sense than I did!
  2. dpenning
    Disappointing to hear as I just bought this model a few months ago. I know being stored in a garage or attic type environment can be hard on electronics, not sure how/where you had your stored. Hope you are able to get it repaired! I know I recently looked for a thermometer for mine as I managed to break mine and I could not find a replacement part.
  3. GloryBe
    It should have come with a thermometer I bought 2 of these from Brinsea and both included it, one thermometer came with an air bubble and they replaced It although it was a little like pulling teeth I wish I had the money for the next one up but figured with a regular thermometer things would be less complicated and less money to replace. the humidity works along with the room humidity which helps If your home it on the humid to normal humidity side I just add a extra sponge or jar lid of water. All said and done I really like Brinsea products customer service.... well they are another story they don't like to give anything away and for the price you pay for the incubator they should be more customer service friendly.
  4. GerbilsOnToast
    All subsequent hatches have gone well; average hatch rate is running about 82% with most of the fails being infertile eggs. It's WAY better than the LG!
    Answer to another question I was asked - he bought it through an Amazon seller, Avian something - not through Amazon itself.
  5. JustinaMarie
    Don't you have to open it to put water in?
  6. GerbilsOnToast
    For lockdown, I cut a face cloth in quarters, and put one on each side with the edge in the water well - it did the job (and made cleaning out egg shards easier)
    Initially, I added water with a syringe through a piece of aquarium airline I threaded through the vent - that was frustrating, but worked. Also refilled wells when removing hatched chicks. Two of the chicks had what appear to be humidity-related hatch issues, and I lost them - nine are healthy & vigorous, three were lost at or just prior to lockdown, the rest were infertile.
    So, Nine healthy chicks, five losses, of which only two could *possibly* be bator related, IMO - and since those could also have been operator action, I'm not going to blame the machine. Overall, I am now pleased with it, and will see if I can adjust rating - if not, I'm now saying it's a 4.5.
  7. PinkBee
    I think you should call about the missing thermometer. I believe it's supposed to be there as it's not removable, in the case of mine. As for hatching, my first hatched on day 16 (12/24), then another 11 hatched about 12 hours later, then another 2 hatched 24 hours later (15 total over 2 days' time.) This is many more than I'd originally planned on, but only half of what could have been, so I'm happy! (I think my issue may be both fertility and having to open it up during lockdown to add humidity. How do others keep the humidity up high without opening it? I went from super humid weather here to very dry just before lockdown and so, when I wanted the humidity up, it would crash to the 30%s and 40%s every 12 hours.)
  8. GerbilsOnToast
    @PinkBee - nope, no thermometer. The paperwork has the same photo, but it's not there or listed as included. I'm not sure if I've figured out how the rails work, LOL. I have them a little wider than the eggs (also cracked one on first try); and the eggs have a bit of 'play', but the instructions say it's okay if they clunk around slightly while turning - they're mostly upright and they don't move, so I'm figuring I'll just go with it until someone mentions dome miracle method ;)
  9. PinkBee
    I have one I bought a couple weeks ago and it's on day 10 of incubating my quail eggs. Yours didn't come with a thermometer attached to the top? It is supposed to. (In the picture above it's the "line" running to from the center to the bottom left corner of the top.) Mine was also not accurately set and took a little to get it to 99.6ish. It runs from 99.3ish to 100.3ish over a 24 hour period. I'm hoping this is okay. I've not had humidity issues, except maybe the opposite. It's VERY humid where I am and so I've only had to fill it about every 3rd day. I'm actually very happy with mine (though I cracked the first egg I tried putting in because of figuring out how the rails work. Whoever designed them wasn't thinking.) Good luck with your eggs!
  10. GerbilsOnToast
    I took a deep breath, gritted my teeth & played with the thermostat again a few hours after writing that; we're holding between 99.3 & 99.8 now. Still filling the reservoir about every 30 hours, but that's most likely because we heat with wood, and the house air is very dry.
    I AM really liking not having to stop everything & go turn eggs all the time!

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