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TLC-40 Advance Brooder / Recovery Incubator / Intensive Care Unit

TLC-40 Advance Brooder / Recovery Incubator / Intensive Care Unit

Price: £517.70

Net Price: £431.42

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TLC-40 Advance Brooder / Recovery Incubator/ Intensive Care Unit

Our TLC-40 Advance has several applications. 

The Advance provides digital control and read-out of temperature, humidity, temperature and power failure alarms and can be further supplemented by Brinsea’s optional EX Humidity Pump to provide full control of humidity too.

Bird Brooding

Altricial species of birds (including all parrots and birds of prey) are blind and helpless when they hatch and it is some weeks before they are able to move around, control their body temperature and feed themselves. During this period the young birds need to be kept in a clean, temperature controlled environment. As they grow and develop down and feathers they can gradually tolerate lower temperatures and the breeder needs to be able to reduce the chamber temperature easily, whilst still maintaining control. Young birds also benefit from being able to see humans from within the chamber; during this early stage in their development it is essential for young birds to become familiar with the presence of people if they are to be tame in adulthood.

Recovery Incubator

The TLC-40 Advance brooder fulfils all of the above functions very cost effectively and can also double as a Hospital Cage for sick or injured birds, used by rescue centres worldwide.

Intensive Care Unit

Brinsea TLC Recovery Incubators provide such an environment and are used around the world by rescue centres, breeding centres and individuals. TLC incubators are the best place for weak and fragile baby animals to heal, hide, cuddle, and grow - especially for tiny babies who aren’t yet old enough to retain their own heat. The incubators provide a warm, clean, quiet, safe and reliable haven for these orphaned baby animals. Many young babies need extra help to survive in those early days and a safe, secure, controlled environment gives them the best chance to recover and thrive. Find out more about our TLC Rescue-Me project at

Functional Practicality

With hygiene a top priority, the TLC-40 Advance has been carefully designed to make cleaning as easy as possible. The lower half of the cabinets and doors are removable allowing them to be scrubbed and immersed. It is also easy to wipe clean the high gloss finish of the ABS plastic upper cabinet and the fan guard is simply detached to allow access to clean the fan. Even the heater is encased in a metal tube making cleaning easy. The control circuit is housed away from the chamber for reliability. Airflow in the TLC-50 and has been carefully optimized to ensure consistent distribution of heat, so that all chicks are at the same temperature but with the fan maintaining gentle airspeeds so that down, fluff and dust are not blown around.


  • Accurate and adjustable digital temperature control
  • Display choice of °C or °F
  • Digital humidity display
  • Water pan for humidity
  • EX humidity pump option
  • Temperature alarm
  • Smooth, easy-to-clean interior
  • No vulnerable edges for animals to chew
  • Positive pressure with gentle fan ventilation
  • Twin stage filter, for removal of harmful bacteria and fungi
  • Water reservoir for increasing humidity with external top up
  • Permanent calibrated digital temperature control
  • Tough, clear hinged door with secure catch
  • Internal LED lighting with on/off switch
  • 3 year guarantee (subject to simple online registration) 


  • Overall height: 470 mm
  • Overall width: 485 mm
  • Overall depth: 385 mm
  • Floor area: 400 mm x 300 mm
  • Effective volume:40 litres
  • Power consumption (Watts) Max 150, Typical 85
  • Power supply 115v, 60Hz or 230v 50Hz as ordered
  • Weight: 6.7kg 

This model can be upgraded to the EX version by adding the Humidity Pump Module - see additional images for an example of the TLC-40 Advance EX showing the pump. 

Protected by Biomaster Antimicrobial Additive

To reduce the risk of infection Brinsea incorporate Biomaster Antimicrobial Protection into our incubator cabinets during manufacture. Biomaster Protection is embedded within the plastic itself which prevents the growth of harmful bacteria helping to provide the optimum environment for young animals. Proven to quickly reduce bacterial growth by up to 99.99% Biomaster Protection is an effective means of reducing the risk of cross infection from MRSA, E.coli, Campylobacter, Legionella, Salmonella and many other harmful species of bacteria.

Benefits of Biomaster:

  • Protects from microbial transfer by cross contamination
  • Biomaster contains proven silver ion technology used in medical applications
  • Uses silver ion technology which is recognised as safe for eggs, animals and humans
  • 99.99% effective against bacteria and microbes
  • Odourless
  • Effective for the life of the product
  • Helps to prevent/reduce unpleasant odours

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Disinfecting tip:

Please make sure that disinfectant is thoroughly rinsed off plastic parts after cleaning and avoid alcohol based solutions to avoid gradual embrittlement of plastic parts. 

We have come across a small number of instances of plastic parts of the Vetario Intensive Care Units and TLC brooders becoming degraded, brittle and breaking – particularly around the screws on the door hinges) due to the action of some disinfectants. To avoid this don’t use disinfectants containing alcohol and take care that all traces of disinfectants or cleaning agents are rinsed away with water after cleaning, especially around the hinge screws. 


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Hayley Dent  18/10/2017 5 stars

I really don't know what I did before I had my Brinsea incubator. It is always occupied & I have raised many hoglets successfully in it.. It is very easy to use & is easy to clean too. Having a TLC-40 has helped me to improve the care I can offer hedgehogs who come into my rescue, & I can't wait to get a second one! Hayley Dent, Founder & Manager of Hayley's Hedgehog Rescue

Joy Hunt 21/09/2017 5 stars

This is fantastic. Small & compact specially for baby Hoglets mine is used frequently & keeps them at a constant temperature. Easy to use & reliable. Saving up for the bigger one now!

Anne Geissler 21/09/2017 5 stars

I bought this unit because I rehabilitate infant Cottontail rabbits. Rabbits are one of the most difficult species to rehab, but after purchasing this unit my success rate went up 35%. I am getting ready to purchase more of these. As a board member of the Wildlife Rehabilitator's Association of Massachusetts, I am suggesting that this unit be one of our organization's gifts to new rehabilitator's. Thank you for a great product.

Willows Hedgehog Rescue 01/09/2015 5 stars

Here at Willows Hedgehog Rescue we admit and treat many hundreds of injured, ill and orphaned hedgehogs each year. The Brinsea TLC Incubators in the main hospital area are a vital tool in the hospitals facilities to help save very ill and orphaned hedgehogs. The very busy time for the incubators here at Willows are the late spring and summer months when orphaned and abandoned hoglet litters start to be admitted. Hoglets can be admitted from as young as just minutes old and we also have litters of premature hoglets admitted. The three Brinsea incubators in use at Willows Hedgehog Rescue provide a lifesaving facility for hoglets with the incubators running constantly housing many litters of hoglets over the spring and summer months. Hoglets that without the incubators would not be able to survive.

Mary Crichton 17/07/2015 5 stars

Adelaide Bat Care - I love this ICU to bits! They are fantastic for our little injured Microbats because it allows temperatures to be maintained at a temperature for the Microbats to recover without going into torpor, which they do easily especially during the day time. It provides the humidity that they require which once again is so important for their recovery from especially cat attacks! Many Bat Carers not never do without one. It has been the greatest asset to help the Microbats in the initial emergency care that they require when they first come into care, plus an absolute ‘must’ for newborn Microbat babies (pups).

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