The Brinsea Mini Advance...Great Lil' Incubator!
I have used the Brinsea Mini Advance on several chicken and duck hatches and each time it has done a fabulous job. Small and sturdy, this little incubator has hatched several chicks and ducklings in the last year. As a present to my daughter, I thought she would enjoy hatching along side of me with my Genesis Hovabator, so two Christmases ago, we both received an incubator each.
I am addicted to hatching eggs and it's obvious when you read anything I write about poultry. I enjoy the entire process, from finding the perfect egg, preparing the egg, setting them and watching it's growth daily, then impatiently waiting until hatch day.
When choosing an incubator you need to be sure you that it keeps a consistent temperature and this incubator does the trick. Granted, it only has room for 7 chicken eggs, so if you are wanting to hatch a lot of eggs, this incubator is not for you. It is perfect for hatching a few eggs or even classroom use for teachers doing a segment on embryonic development. It has a digital readout for the temperature as well as hatch day countdown!
This incubator was definitely worth the price and I would recommend it to others who wanted something small in size but functional.
Everyone has their own preferences and needs when it comes to an incubator, but here are the positive points about the Brinsea Mini that I like.
- Stable temperature and digital read out. The temperature has proven to stay within adequate range during incubation times.
- Auto rotation - I can set it to rotate eggs anywhere from 30-90 minutes.
- Daily cool off - I can set the eggs to cool off from 60-360 minutes per day.
- Compact size - It's portable and can sit just about anywhere in the house.
- Humidity control - There is a water reservoir in the center where water is added to keep humidity stable.
As much as I like this incubator, these are the negative features that I do not like such as:
- The auto turn feature is noisy, so if you have it in a bedroom and are a light sleeper (thank goodness I am not) and have it set to turn every 60 minutes, this could be an issue. I recommend placing it in a room where a little noise is not bothersome.
- It doesn't have a humidity readout. I haven't had issues as far as humidity is concerned and my hatches have been successful for the most part but I have to use a separate humidity indicator to check percentages.
- Small in size so not suitable for large hatches.
Obviously, for me, the positives outweigh the negatives and I am pleased very much with my purchase.
Thanks for reading! Happy Hatching!!
Great brooder for around 20 or fewer chicks. Safer than a heat lamp.
I have this one and it is handy. Keeps little chicks toasty warm and no worries about fires from a heat lamp.