Egg Incubator Reviews:
Brinsea Mini Advance Egg Incubator Class Set has everything to get you started in incubation.
- Incubator with 7-egg disk
- Egg scope
- Chick brooder
- Chick enclosure
- Incubation disinfectant concentrate
- CD ROM lesson plan
- List of fertile egg suppliers
Incubator with 7-egg disk
Included is the highly rated Brinsea Mini Advance egg Incubator.
See our complete review of this incubator at the link below.
The Mini Advance egg incubator is a very good incubator. It holds 7 chicken or duck eggs. There is also an optional Brinsea Mini Advance small egg tray available. The optional small egg tray has a capacity of 12 small eggs. Small eggs like quails, finches, lovebirds and many small wild bird species. The optional egg tray also works with the Brinsea Mini ECO and it comes standard with the Brinsea Advance EX package.
Size would be the only drawback of this incubator. If you are wanting to hatch a barnyard full of chickens, this one will take you a while. It does have a limited capacity.
- Brinsea Ovascope Egg Viewer is available as an add on to use with any incubator for about 75.00 however it is included in this classroom set for no extra charge.
- It has no heat to damage the embryo.
- There is no need to darken the room which is a nice feature for the classroom or otherwise.
- It can also be fitted with a webcam for easy viewing on the computer.
- It has a bright LED light
- There is no bulbs to replace
- Battery powered for cord free convenience.
- For any egg size from the very small to the very large goose egg.
The high intensity light works well with white and tan eggs. Very dark eggs it did not seem to have enough light. Very dark eggs like Marans are pretty hard to see through with any candler. But for the lighter colored eggs, it is hard to beat. Overall it seemed to perform as intended, especially for the lighter colored eggs.
You can also purchase this Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder separately for about $80.00 to use with any incubator
- Very energy efficient. Typical brooders are 250 watts, this unit only uses abut 14 watts which will save you a lot. Brooders are on 24 hrs a day, so the savings could really add up. It would be worth buying this unit for the energy savings alone.
- Will handle about 20 chicks
- Warms by radiant heat so ambient temp needs to be about 50 or more for it to be warm enough.
- Low risk of fire
- After about a week the chicks will learn to hop on top, which can get the brooder kind of messy from the droppings.
- Legs seem to be a little cheaply made [however if you hatch 6-8 times, you will pay for the brooder in energy savings alone]
- Does not warm enough if outside temperatures are low
Overall this brooder seems like it will do the job it is intended to do and do it at a substantial energy savings.
Seems adequate in the short term, however you will soon want a more suitable and secure place to keep them.
Feeder and Drinker
These too are adequate and will serve the purpose well. They are made of plastic which cleans up well in between hatches.
Incubation disinfectant concentrate
Seems to work well to disinfect in between hatches. I would also use it before first time use to get any thing that may have been left behind during manufacturing.
Overall this classroom set is a complete introductory level set that would work well with younger age children with adult supervision. All you should need is hatching eggs and food and you should set for the first few weeks of the chicks life.
A very similar package is often available below for about 10.00-25.00 cheaper