Hatching with kids? Some tips to make sure it's a success!


8 Years
Jan 11, 2012
This post is brought to us by Brinsea.

It's this time of year again...Back to School which reminds us what a fun and wonderful experience it can be to hatch chicks in the classroom or at home with children.

You like the idea of hatching eggs but have concerns about the cost, work load, difficulty factor and how disappointing it would be
for the kids if something went wrong. Well, let us put your mind at rest and help you make it a success.

Our Mini Advance fully automatic incubator and Ovascope egg scope won Learning Magazine Teacher’s Choice Award for the Classroom and it’s easy to see why:

  • It's small but not too small - 3 eggs does not give you any margin for error but 7 chicken or duck eggs is a good number It counts down to hatch day and automatically stops the turning 2 days before the eggs are due to hatch - so no risk of injuries to the chicks
  • It rotates the eggs automatically every hour - one less thing to worry about, especially at weekends...
  • The temperature is already preset and there is a high/low alarm - it would sound if you forget to close the lid for example
  • The menu is only accessed by pressing a combination of keys - not so easy for little fingers to interfere with the settings...
  • It's ready to use right out of the box, you just need to add water
  • It's easy to clean and comes with a 2-year warranty

And now for the fun part of hatching of course you can darken the room and shine a flashlight into the large end of the egg but the OvaScope works much better and is more convenient to use:
  • It completely blocks out ambient light so you don't need to darken the room.
  • You can hook it up to any webcam making it easier for everybody to see
  • It slightly magnifies the image of the egg and you can rotate the egg until you get the perfect view.
  • It uses very bright LEDs so no bulbs to replace and no risk of overheating the eggs

All you need now is some fertile eggs to have some fun!

Find out more about our classroom products and read what the panel of teachers had to say about the Mini Advance and Ovascope!
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8 Years
Jul 20, 2012
Lancaster Ohio
This is how I got started keeping chickens to begin with, 1 permission slip home with then my sixth grader, asking to be able to bring home baby chicks if they hatched from a science project! 25 years ago! Oh man I wish I hadn't done the math!


8 Years
Jun 2, 2011
yes.. this evil machine is responsible for the 32 chickens running around here at the moment! I was a hatching maniac all summer. I am also still considering one last go around for 2014 if my breeder that I get eggs for can convince her girls out of molt, and get to laying again!



5 Years
Sep 22, 2014
My hen hatched 4 chicks over 8 days most people say that thay have to hatch in 24 hours from each other but with mine they every other day if you have a hen sit on the egg and she dous not stop siting on them then leve the eggs if she moved sum egg then they mite not have chicks in them.


Oct 18, 2013
Just got a great deal on an incubator at TSC and looking forward to our own private hatch with the kids this spring!!


5 Years
Aug 25, 2014
BC Canada
I have an awful feeling I'm going to he going from ' I just want a couple of fresh eggs' to let's make baby chicks!! This is a verrrry addictive hobby!

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