Egg Incubator Review: Brinsea Octagon 20 Poultry

Egg Incubator Reviews: Octagon 20 ECO Incubator with egg turning cradle

The Brinsea Octagon 20 egg incubator is a very good model for the expert and novice a alike.

Brinsea Octagon 20 Poultry Egg Incubator

The Brinsea Octagon Egg Incubator Range –  the latest technology in a very familiar shape

The Brinsea Octagon 20 Eco Incubator is a simple but high quality egg incubator. Using the same tough and insulated cabinet as the Octagon 20 Advance. Having simple proven electronic temperature control to give very reliable hatching results.   Works with a wide range of poultry and other species with minimum headache and fuss. There is no facility for humidity measurement control thereby making it easy to operate. This is an incubator for the budget-conscious and those who require ease of use over features.


  • Egg capacity of 24 chicken eggs or equivalent
  • Simple and accurate proportional band electronic temperature control
  • Temperature factory preset at 99.5 F with easy tamper proof adjustment
  • Flashing temperature indicator and conventional butaccurate liquid in glass thermometer
  • Fan assisted air circulation
  • Good visibility of the eggs as they are incubating
  • Tough easy to clean and hygienic cabinet
  • Insulated for low energy use and optimal temperature distribution
Brinsea small incubator cabinet

 Control system 

The Octagon 20 Eco controls temperature with high accuracy using a proven proportional band electronic controller with easy tamper-proof adjustment. A flashing indicator light shows that the incubation temperature is being controlled.  Temperature is monitored with a purpose made liquid in glass thermometer.

hatching chickens humidity and ventilation Cabinet
The high quality egg incubator cabinet is entirely injection moulded from high grade yellow ABS which makes it tough and easy to clean. The base is double skinned and foam filled to insulate and reduce heat loss leading to lower electricity consumption and better temperature distribution. The top of the incubator is clear allowing good visibility of the eggs and chicks so you can watch what is going on.   The kids will love it. 
Brinsea chicken incubator egg tray Humidity and ventilation
Air is circulated by a long life computer grade fan which, coupled with a special designed grill with optimised air diffuser leads to extremely even air temperature throughout the egg chamber. Fresh air is controlled with a vent slider and humidity is provided by water in two reservoirs in the base of the cabinet.
Brinsea poultry incubator turner Egg Handling
To accommodate eggs of different sizes the Octagon 20 Eco’s removable egg tray is supplied with dividers.   A user can position the dividers to suit their eggs and so maximise the number of eggs that can be held. Eggs as small as finches to as large as geese can be incubated and hatched,  A capacity guide for a range of popular species is given in the specification table. Eggs are turned during incubation as the whole incubator is rocked from side to side – hence the Octagonal cabinet ends. This can be done manually at least twice each day or turning is performed automatically if the incubator is used with the optional Auto-turn Cradle which turns the eggs hourly.
Octagon 20 eco egg incubator

The latest technology in a familiar shape

Specifications Octagon 20 Eco (approx)


Egg capacity
Quail – 60 Pheasant – 40 Hen – 24 Duck – 20 Goose – 9/12
Incubator 2.7Kg (6lbs)
Auto-turn cradle 0.55Kg (1.2lbs)
Power Consumption
Max 45W
Typical 25W
20 only 35 x 26 x 26cms (13 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 10 1/4)
20 with cradle 43 x 26 x 30cms (17″ x 10 1/4″ x 12″)
Electrical supply220/240v, 50 Hz or 115v, 60Hz as ordered



“The Octagon 20 Eco Incubator that includes the auto turning cradle is a very good quality unit.  My hatches end up being strong and the chicks are lively from the start, which means they are healthy.   We are getting almost 100% hatches every time.  I give the Octagon 20 with the turning cradle the highest marks and would recommend it to anyone.”



“I put the eggs in and around the 21st day chicks started popping out.  Talk about instant chicks.  Sure beats having to turn the eggs every few hours.  I already feel like a pro “

One reviewer mentioned that they wished they would have bought the model with the humidity pump for added insurance, however most say it is not needed in most climates.

This model is ready to use right out of the box.  Just add water, add the eggs and start incubating.  It can not get any easier than this.

“This Incubator is simply amazing.  With an automatic egg turner it will make you a pro in no time.  It is so automatic that all we had to do is add water and we would have a perfect hatch almost every time.   The top makes it easy to see what is going on inside, so you can watch them as they hatch.  It is so much fun watching the life cycle of chicks.  Very educational too… “


           ”Brinsea Octagon 20 ECO Auto Turn Egg Incubator.

You can find many cheaper incubators, like they styrofoam models, however I chose to go for something of better construction.  I was not disappointed as this unit fills my needs perfectly.  Just put the eggs in, add water and wait for the hatch!”

This Incubator model earns our highest rating  

  • Features         

  • Construction  

  • Affordability    

  • Hatch-ability    

  • Visibility         

Octagon 20 ECO Incubator with egg turning cradle


4.6 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)

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