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To coincide with Brinsea’s 40th year of manufacturing, they have released a full new range of egg incubators, the first of which is the Mini II Eco manual turn incubator.
This model is a great entry level incubator as it has a fantastic viewing window so you can see all of the eggs at all times. The other benefit of this incubator is that you have to be very involved with it as you turn the eggs manually, this means it can be a very handy educational tool too.
To increase the humidity above natural levels, you can add water into the incubator via the external top up point which is on the side of the incubator. Once water is poured into here, it travels into the central reservoir and evaporates increasing the humidity levels.
The eggs in this incubator need to be turned by hand at least 3 times a day. They also need to be turned opposite ways each time starting with clockwise and then anti-clockwise and so on. It is recommended to put a cross on one side and a circle on the other so you know that all eggs have been turned.
Don’t know what incubator is right for you? Too many models to choose from and don’t know the difference between them. See our comparison below between the three different Mini II incubators.
|Function / Model name||Brinsea Mini II ECO||Brinsea Mini II Advance||Brinsea Mini II EX|
|Digital temperature display||-||•||•|
|Digital Humidity display||-||-||•|
|Adjustable turning angle & interval||-||•||•|
|Egg cooling feature||-||•||•|
|Countdown to hatch||-||•||•|
|Incubator & Room temperature alarms||-||•||•|
|Egg capacity||10 hen eggs / 24 quail eggs (no trays required)||7 hen eggs (standard egg disk supplied) & 14 quail eggs (small egg disk optional extra)||
7 hen eggs & 14 quail eggs (standard & small egg tray supplied)
|Egg Capacity||Chicken: 10 | Quail: 24 | Goose: 0 | Duck: 8|
|Dimensions||24.5cm L x 24.4cm W x 16.5cm H|
|Power Consumption||Maximum 20 Watts - Typical 12 Watts|
|Power Supply||230v, 50Hz, 0.5A Max|
|Warranty||3 Years +|
|Instruction Manual||Download instructions here|
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The Mini II Eco is the most basic machine, it uses a liquid in glass thermometer for the temperature reading (there is no humidity display) and egg-turning needs to be performed by hand. You need to turn the eggs 3-4 times a day. Whereas the Mini II Advance and EX versions have a digital display for the temperature and humidity, as well as automatic egg turning.
In addition to the Mini II Advance features, the Mini II EX has automatic humidity control which draws water into the incubator automatically as its needed, accurately maintaining the humidity at the desired level.
The only difference between the two machines is the size and egg capacity. The Maxi II is the larger machine and holds up to 14 hen sized eggs or equivalent whereas the Mini II holds up to 7 hen sized eggs or equivalent.
The Eco, Advance and EX versions of the Maxi II match the specifications of the Eco, Advance and EX versions of the Mini II. The only difference is the egg capacity.
In a ‘manual’ incubator, eggs must be turned ‘manually’, meaning you must turn each egg by hand usually around 3-4 times a day.
Automatic incubators will automatically turn the eggs for you. On some automatic machines, you can set the timings of the turns, as well as the duration or angle of the turn. This can be important if you’re incubating specialist birds such as falcons or exotic birds.
Semi-automatic incubators don’t require you to turn each egg by hand, but equally there is no motor to turn them for you either. So, normally semi-automatic machines have a handle or lever that you push and pull to roll or rock all the eggs at the same time. Or, some incubators have specially shaped bases that allow you to tilt the entire machine back and forth.
Please note that ‘manual’ and ‘automatic’, when used in the item name, only refers to the egg turning type. It does not relate to the humidity control or to any other feature.