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!!

Personal photo of Ancona duck eggs incubating.

Little Ancona duck hatching. Happy Birthday!!

Little ducklings hatched from Brinsea Mini Advance

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  • DebMartin Jan 27, 2014 @ 7:16 pm
    My how sophisticated things have gotten since I last had birds.
  • ChickenKrazy Jan 27, 2014 @ 8:24 pm
    It is a very neat little machine. :0) Thanks for reading!
  • PaigSr Jan 27, 2014 @ 1:32 pm
    I have had relatives use something similar on their farm. But much bigger as I remember. I really like the fact that you listed the pros and cons and did not seam to try and thin the cons out. Not a farmer myself so I probably will not try this. But still a very interesting device to read about.
  • ChickenKrazy Jan 27, 2014 @ 1:41 pm
    Oh yes the cabinet type...I'd be in trouble. If I had the room I would love to have one but I'm safer with the smaller ones. :0) thanks for reading.
  • DeniseMcGill Jan 27, 2014 @ 11:29 am
    Fabulous. I did it the old fashioned way and let the hen set her own eggs. But there were issues with that method so I wish I had one of these years ago. What a great device.
  • ChickenKrazy Jan 27, 2014 @ 11:39 am
    I use broody hens as well. (That's another lens I will have to do...lol.) It is something to see a mama and her babies and it is definitely nice when time or space is an issue. Thanks for reading!
  • Merrci Jan 27, 2014 @ 10:44 am
    How interesting! I'm not in a place to do this, but it's an excellent review. Thanks for sharing.
  • ChickenKrazy Jan 27, 2014 @ 11:16 am
    Thank you! I appreciate it!
  • KathyT Jan 27, 2014 @ 9:00 am
    That's really cool! The only time I see chicks and ducklings is at country fairs in New Hampshire. I don't have the type of lifestyle that's conducive to raising animals, but I love hearing about others' stories and experiences. This was a nice, personal review!
  • ChickenKrazy Jan 27, 2014 @ 9:55 am
    Thank you! There is nothing wrong with living vicariously through others. I have always been an animal lover. I should have been a vet...haha. I could only imagine at all I would have then. My kids tease me about knitting chicken scarfs and duck hats. (I don't do this but I guess it would be my next step to obsession). I just thoroughly enjoy my hobbies. :0)
  • katiecolette Jan 27, 2014 @ 8:53 am
    What a joy it must be to watch a duckling hatch! My mother-in-law has an incubator but I haven't got to witness a hatching, hopefully, one day :)
  • ChickenKrazy Jan 27, 2014 @ 9:01 am
    It is precious! It's amazing to see what comes out of that shell. Ducks are just fun all around. You definitely should put it on your list of things to do. Spring is the best time to hatch I think. Thanks for reading!!
  • RenaissanceWoman2010 Jan 27, 2014 @ 8:21 am
    I would love to have my own personal mini hatchery. Looks like a great product. Thanks!
  • ChickenKrazy Jan 27, 2014 @ 9:00 am
    Oh I am right there with you! It's a lot of fun to watch. Thanks for reading!

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