Brinsea Octagon 20 Advance EX with automatic Humidity Pump and Trader Joe eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BathrobeGardner, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. BathrobeGardner

    BathrobeGardner Out Of The Brooder

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    I have not seen a lot of threads about the Brinsea Octagon Advance EX with the auto humidity pump so I thought I would start mine and hopefully hear from other users.

    So after wishing, hoping, crying, begging, praying, saving, blackmailing, bargaining and throwing tantrums, I finally got a Brinsea. I decided to go with the fully automatic because I really just wanted a "set it and forget it" experience. I have been using a Little Giant and I had moderate success with it but honestly trying to maintain the heat and humidity was driving me CRAZY.

    First off, I really think Brinsea can afford to do a professional "how to set-up" video. I didn't find the instructions clear to follow and I was afraid to ruin such an expensive machine before I could even get to use it. To make matters worse, the "techs" at Brinsea were quite condescending and definitely need better people skills but, I digress :)

    Secondly, when I called Brinsea (again) to let them know the humidity pad was touching the eggs, she told me I was only supposed to put 16 eggs in it and the eggs should not touch the pad. WHAT!!! Where did it say that in the brochure? Blast, my dream machine is not turning out to be dreamy at all :-(

    What I really wanted to do was incubate Trader Joe eggs. I have read all the success stories here on BYC but I have only been able to successfully hatch two; Miracle who is an absolute egg laying machine and Fluffy who unfortunately did not survive (my fault, the heat lamp was too close boohoohoo).

    Anyway, I finally set (then re-set) the eggs as best as I could so they would not touch the pad. I set 12 Trader Joe eggs, 8 from my own assorted flock and 5 from a friend (not even sure if these are fertile). I candled on day 7 and one of the TJ eggs had a blood ring which I promptly removed. All the other eggs were fertile and progressing nicely. My friend's eggs are dark and I couldn't really see anything. Candled again at 14 days and still the eggs looked OK to me (maybe wishful thinking).

    TODAY is finally LOCK DOWN day and I'm so excited. I candled a few of the eggs and again, they looked like they should and nothing smelled bad. So 25 went in initially and 24 made it to lock down. I had to put some eggs on top of other eggs because I couldn't fit the eggs in and I didn't want them too tight that the chicks will not be able to zip successfully.

    By the way, apart from my initial frustrations, this incubator has been amazing at keeping both the temperature and the humidity perfectly. I feel like I can set it and return on day 18 just for lock down. The extra money I paid for the pump is absolutely worth it. If all the TJ eggs hatch, I will kiss, hmm, my mean rooster LOL (he might peck my eyes out but oh well).

    So wish me luck as I drive my family crazy in the next few days. I will post pictures in the next post.

    Sorry, if I have rambled on too much but I'm cuckoo LOL.
     
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  2. BathrobeGardner

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    Initial setting.

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    After rearranging so that the eggs did not touch (as much) the humidity pad.

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    Candling at day 7
     
  3. BathrobeGardner

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    Candling at day 14

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    Lock down....
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Good luck with your eggs hope you have a great hatch :fl

    I too have the octagon advance with pump and totally love it always produces great results. I don't do quite as many eggs as you, tops is usually 14 and I always hatch in cartons at lockdown so need that little bit of extra space. Just had 13/14 hatch of my own eggs for the first time as a test batch. Once you have the knack of setting up it does get easier and priming the pump by sucking water through the pipe before wrapping round the motor and connecting to the tube helps. Would reccomend this incubator to everyone.
     
  5. BathrobeGardner

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    Thank you. I will certainly not put so many in next time. I didn't think the TJ eggs would be any good and I had expected to get rid of at half of them by now so I would have more space. I guess I should have had more faith [​IMG]
     
  6. taymar's flock

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    Good luck with your hatch. I am also hatching my first batch with my brand new Brinsea. I cannot wait to see how your hatch turns out.
     
  7. BathrobeGardner

    BathrobeGardner Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. I know nothing is supposed to happen until Thursday but I'm as anxious as ever :) I wonder if anyone has hatched as many as 24 in the Brinsea. How do they fit in there?
     
  8. OnlyOrps

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    I am excited to see how your hatch goes! Good luck!
     
  9. BathrobeGardner

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    Thank you. I keep putting my ears on the incubator hoping to hear something. I'm driving myself nuts LOL
     
  10. BathrobeGardner

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    Day 21. Finally, one chick is out - [​IMG] - 23 to go.

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