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Brinsea

~Comments on the Brinsea Octagon 20~

After a disappointing experience with the Brower TH120, I bought a Brinsea Octagon 20. Yes, it is expensive, and yes, itıs worth it. It was very easy to use, and held the temperature unbelievably well.

Photos of incubator and temp graph comparision between Top hatch and Octagon CLICK HERE

The Oct. 20 holds 24 standard-sized chicken eggs. It has specially designed separation bars that can incubate any size egg ­ even at the same time (okay, maybe not ostrichŠ). Banties and large fowl can be incubated at the same time. It has a molded hard plastic foam base, which has water holding pockets for humidity control. It can either sit in a cradle for automatic turning, or it can be alternated in placement on its three-sided base to turn the eggs.

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Cons: Most of the things I list here are really minor annoyances ­ I just thought there was room for improvement or small fixes for things.

~Conclusion~ The main complaint Iıve heard about this incubator is its cost. Well, when you consider the quality, it is remarkably inexpensive. For example, compared to other incubators in its price range, such as the Lyons Roll-X, thereıs no comparison. The Brinsea beats the pants off it in terms of thermal insulation, quality control, and egg-size flexibility. My only disappointment is that I should have purchased the Octagon 40 to hold more eggs!

Overall, I had a great experience with this incubator.

We have a Brinsea Octagon 20. It is a UK company, but they now have a US branch.

The design is unique in several features:
"Egg turning is effectedby rotating the whole cabinet through 90ş. This can be done manually by turning the incubator on its own three position base, or fully automaticallywhen mounted in the self-turning cradle."

You take the incubator out of the cradle for hatching.

It has "heat bars" in the cover.

It is more expensive that the styrofoam incubators.

We felt it was the best design for us becuase of the self turning feature and that you could use it for a variety of egg sizes, but we haven't actually used it yet, but are eagerly awaiting our first hatch and will let you know the results.

Here's the results...

Our first try at incubation was a dud, but not too suprising as it was just too early and the Feb/March warm spell (we lost all our snow here in MN!) sent everything into layer mode.

We have just completed our second try at incubating guinea eggs with better success. We have 2 keets and three more have pipped. The eggs are still pretty early for guineas though so I didn't expect a lot more than that even though we set 34!

The incubator was wonderful to work with. The temperature stayed constant and the bars that you use to seperate/hold the eggs worked extremely well so that the different sized eggs could be held securely without wasting space.

The auto turn cradle was nice too. We're going to try some chicken/duck/goose eggs next to see how it handles them.

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