What is the difference between the Brinsea Octagon 20 Advance automatic incubator and the Brinsea Oc

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sunbear1224, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. sunbear1224

    sunbear1224 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thinking of purchasing a nice but economical incubator and was wondering if anyone could tell me what is the difference between the Brinsea Octagon 20 Advance automatic incubator and the Brinsea Octagon 20 manual incubator? (other than a huge difference in price) [​IMG]
    I wasn't exactly sure by the description what would be manual as opposed to automatic.
    Also, is the Brinsea considered the best brand to buy?

    Thanks!
     
  2. EyeKeyYou

    EyeKeyYou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The advance is digital with temp an humidity readings. The ECO has a set screw and a thermometer on the lid. They are both manual unless you buy the turning cradle which is usually included in advance packages. In my opinion you still need to turn your eggs once per day in addition to automatic cradle and switch locations there can be 1deg variations within unit. Also calibrate units as soon as you get them I fill mine with dummy eggs some of which have medical thermostats embedded to calibrate (mine arrived a good 1.5 deg too low). After all of this which is a pain, if it is fertile it hatches. I have both models plus the octagon 40 to hatch peafowl eggs. Advance is good, ECO is ok, 40 needs major overhaul. Once again this is on turkey and peafowl eggs. With a good thermostat I believe you can hatch chicken eggs in a cardboard box.
     
  3. AVHalls

    AVHalls Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the Octagon 20 advanced with the turner and I really like it, very easy to use and great success with it. I first tried the Eco and din nit care for it.
     

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