Brinsea Mini Advance Hatching Egg Incubator
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- Incubator for hatching eggs
- Fully automatic egg turning and autostop for maintaining embryo health
- Microcontroller for managing incubator functions, such as temperature, through menu on digital display
- Fan-assisted airflow for even heating of eggs
- Chamber with clear sides for viewing eggs
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Brinsea incubator is used to hatch eggs, and has fully automatic egg turning and autostop two days prior to hatching for maintaining embryo health. A microcontroller manages all incubator functions, including temperature, temperature alarms, days to hatch, and turning status, through a menu on the digital display. Settings can be adjusted to alter temperature, temperature units (Celsius or Fahrenheit), days to hatch, and high and low temperature alarm limits. The incubator has fan-assisted airflow to evenly heat eggs, and an egg chamber with clear sides to view hatching eggs. The incubator includes a rotating disk with capacity for seven hen or duck eggs or for eggs up to 65.0mm in length. (A rotating disk for 12 smaller eggs, such as pheasant or quail, is sold separately.) A central water reservoir provides humidity for the incubation process. The cabinet of the incubator is made of antimicrobial polyurethane plastic for durability and resistance to bacterial contamination. Polyurethane is nonconductive and has good abrasion, chemical, and UV radiation resistance. It is also resistant to oil, weather, ozone, heat, electricity, tearing, and various chemicals. The incubator operates on 12.0V from a main transformer (included), and consumes up to 18.0 watts of electricity. The incubator measures 165.0 x 222.0mm/6.5 x 8.0 inches (H x D), and weighs 0.95kg/2.1lb. (H is height, the vertical distance from the lowest to highest point; D is width, the horizontal distance from front to back.)
Brinsea Products, Inc. manufactures bird and reptile breeding products, including incubators, brooders, and accessories. The company, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Titusville, FL and meets International Organization of Standardization (ISO) standard 9002.
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I sent an email to Brinsea, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Friday 5/9/14 nearly a week ago and still haven't received a reply. I also called the phone number listed for the USA, 1-888-667-7009 and have left two messages, no call back.
Because the unit failed on its first attempt and the support organization standing behind the Brinsea brand apparently can't follow up, I must score this with a 1 star. I feel like I wasted a bunch of money, not to mention a round of good fertile eggs. I will not recommend this brand to anyone.
1. March 2013 7/7 100%
2. April 2013 5/6 83%
3. May 2013 4/7 57%
4. June 2013 3/6 50%
5. October 2013 7/7 100%
6. October 2013 9/9 100% -manually turned
7. February 2014 8/8 100% manually turned
8. March 2014 6/6 100%
Here are several tips I learned using the Brinsea Mini Advance that aren't in the instructions.
-If hatching chickens, set the angle to 15 if using the automatic turner mode.
-Lockdown right when Day 3 turns to Day 2. If you wait too long into Day 2, you can have pips already. If you lock down when Day 4 turns to Day 3, if you have a draggy hatch that stretches past Day 21, the center water reservoir CAN dry out and humidity can drop.
-If you take the tray out, you can fit 2-3 more chicken eggs manually turning them. If you mark the eggs with x and o on each side, start the hatch manually turning the eggs 3 times a day (Morning, afternoon, and before you go to bed) You can start the hatch this way, candle them at Day 7, and toss the infertile eggs (they light up like a light bulb) and finish the remaining eggs on automatic turning mode. If all eggs are fertile, you may need to finish the hatch manually turning them. I know this seems to defeat the purpose of having an automatic turner in your incubator, but this may benefit people who do a few hatches and are finding infertile eggs from their pairings.
Pictures of hatched button quail chicks were taken on hatch day (blue towel) and at one week. They are all healthy and happy!
Very very happy with this product! There were a few things that weren't in the manual so I'm going to put them here as I did some google searching to find out about it.
1. For normal chicken eggs, I set the eggs to be turned once every hour and at a 90 degree angle. This incubator does have a 'cooling' option to mimic a hen. I didn't use it.
2. The water reservoir for the humidity is in the center of the incubator. Inside of the reservoir there is a divider that splits it in two. From day 1 to 18 you need to keep only one half of the water full (only fill up one side to the top of the divider). I had to refill mine every two days. From day 18 until hatch you have to fill the entire reservoir to the top and you need to stop turning the eggs/remove the automatic egg turner. It's helpful to put a rubber mat or some paper towels down inside of it so the chicks have something to stand on.
3. I found this incubator to be very quiet! In fact I wasn't sure if my eggs were even getting turned as it rotates them back and forth so they tend to stay in the same spot. I put an x on one side of each egg and an o on the other side (with pencil) so I could tell they were being turned.
4. It holds 7 eggs with the egg turner. I had five hatch out all around the same time and it was EXTREMELY cramped in there for the little guys because they need to stay in the incubator until they are completely dry. I thought I was going to lose the last chick to hatch as the other babies were standing on top of him and he had trouble recovering from that (but the chick is totally find now).
Pick is of the first chick to hatch.
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in this incubator. All automatic, self turning. The settings are easy to program.Read more