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Brinsea Products Ltd, the Incubation Specialists have been focusing on incubator design continuously since 1976, resulting in incubators and accessories offering you unparalleled practicality, reliability and hatch rates with healthy chicks time after time and are the choice of top breeders and conservation centres worldwide.

 

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Emma James, Hartcliffe Community Park Farm, Bristol, 'It is with great thanks to Brinsea that we will be able to complete one of our projects in the upcoming weeks. Hartcliffe Community Park Farm is a community asset, offering community development through social, educational and recreational activities. It is a place where people can learn about and respect animals and the environment.The farm itself spans over 40 acres making it the biggest in our area and although it’s one of the biggest farms, it’s the one that receives the smallest amount of funding, and over the years it has become somewhat forgotten. We as a group want to bring about a new lease of life for the farm and turn it back into the vibrant, community based gem that it once was. We held fund-raising cake sales and we have just purchased an Octagon 20 Advance incubator and Brinsea donated an OvaView and OvaScope for us. We are excited about creating a hatchery using our incubator to hatch our very own flock of hens in small batches throughout the year to produce lovely free range eggs to sell on our farm whilst providing an educational and informative visit.'

 

Marcus Burke visited the Highland Show in June 2015 with his Dad and was thrilled to see the Brinsea exhibition trailer in the Countryside Arena. His Dad told Fiona that Marcus’ knowledge and enthusiasm for breeding had been restricted by the size of his current machine and he was on the lookout for a new machine but was as yet undecided. Fiona remembers that as she was talking to Marcus, he could hardly take his eyes off the Ova Easy, although he did admit afterwards the Ova Easy had been his dream machine! Marcus explained how his interest in poultry led to him starting his business called MB Poultry.“I got into chickens around 4 years ago. It all started when one was on the loose in my back garden and my Dad told me that if I could go out and catch it he would let me keep it and I did. It was an Isa Brown called Free Willy. I then decided to get some more. I bought another 5 ranging from Isa Browns and Bluebells. For the first 2 years all I did was sell my eggs to my neighbours and my gran, then on my third year I decided to start breeding and selling hybrid pullets, rare breed and bantams. My Dad then built me a shed and MB Poultry started. I now buy in around 150-200 day old mixed Hybrid Chicks and sell them to the general public. A couple of months after that I bought myself a small Incubator to hatch duck eggs etc but I was hatching too many eggs and didn't have a big enough incubator so I went along to the Royal Highland Show and that's where I met Fiona from Brinsea Incubators. I decided I wanted a 40 egg Incubator but my dad advised me to get something bigger so I did and Fiona gave me all the help I needed and I ended up buying a 190 egg Incubator all with my own money”.

We telephoned Marcus a couple of months later to see how he was getting on with his machine, He reported that he had hatched Silkies, Light Sussex, Rhode Island Red, Geese, Buff Orpingtons, hybrid point of lay chickens, quail, Indian Runner ducks, 2 miniature Silver Appleyard ducks, 4 Silkies, and 100 mixed hybrid Pullets. “It’s the best thing I have ever bought!”

Marcus said it helped his decision to buy Brinsea speaking to a real person, and he had confidence with Brinsea’s three year guarantee.

 

Jayne and Charlie are founders of Willows Hedgehog Rescue: 'Here at Willows Hedgehog Rescue we admit and treat many hundreds of injured, ill and orphaned hedgehogs each year. The Brinsea Incubators in the main hospital area are a vital tool in the hospitals facilities to help save very ill and orphaned hedgehogs. While electric heat pads are used under many of the pens to help poorly and small hedgehogs, those are collapsed or are very small hoglets are placed into one of the three Brinsea incubators in the facility. Once large enough or well enough they are then moved into pens with electric heat mats underneath and when temperature provision or regulation is no longer required they move into rehabilitation accommodation that does not have heat.

Hedgehogs often are admitted in a state of total collapse and a high percentage are admitted with lungworm which in its later stages brings with it pneumonia. The incubators are used to regulate the temperature of seriously ill admissions (adults and juveniles) as well as being used to regulate humidity to ease breathing. In extremely serious cases of pneumonia a little highly diluted menthol oil may be placed into the humidity water tank reservoir to ease breathing. 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. Small hoglets cannot regulate body temperature and need to be housed in a very warm environment (up to 36 degrees depending on size and age). Without a constantly maintained temperature they very quickly become cold. They will not gain weight due to using all of their energy to try and generate warmth, they become unresponsive and they die in a very short time.

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. It is our aim in the future (fund raising allowing) to add another two Brinsea incubators to the facility.'

 

Clive Saunders is an Electronics Engineer by trade and has kept tortoises for many years and has had a fascination for them since he was a small boy. He currently has one pair of breeding Spur Thighed Tortoises and has just acquired three Herman's tortoises due to a bereavement in the family. His breeding pair has given him eggs for the last 5 years Clive tried to incubate the first batch of eggs, however it was unsuccessful as his knowledge of incubation was nonexistent, so he had to research as much as he could from the Internet. Having researched the information Clive felt it was time to buy an incubator that would give him better results. He then decided to buy a Brinsea Mini Eco as the eggs do not need to be turned, but when it arrived he found the temperature range would not allow him to set the correct temperature that was required for the tortoises. Clive, using his electronics engineering expertise, made a modification to the circuit board by changing the potentiometer for a 10k one and he found this was ideal for temperature range he required. The second challenge was how to retain the eggs inside the incubator without them rolling around, so Clive came up with the idea of a 8" silicone cake mould (not his wife’s we hope!) which was then filled with vermiculite for the eggs to sit into. The temperature was set to 31.5 and Clive has had a 100% success rate to date. Clive says he would recommend Brinsea incubators to anyone requiring reliability and ease of use. ‘I really enjoy watching these little critters hatch it’s a great feeling to see them emerge from their shells.’ More information about tortoises and hatching can be found by clicking here.

 

Jemima Parry-Jones MBE is an authority on birds of prey, a conservationist, author, raptor breeder, lecturer, consultant and is the Director of the International Centre for Birds of Prey. In June 1999 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours list for services to bird conservation.

Jemima has used Brinsea incubators for many years. 'We have used the Brinsea Octagons and the Contact Incubators for ages now, the Octagons are perfect for dealing with single more difficult eggs and the new design is great. The Contact is great for eggs that have to come away from parents on day one, which we occasionally have to do, although not from choice. They are well made and always improving, rather than remaining the same product the whole time. Brinsea are a UK company so if you have an emergency with incubators it can be sorted out quickly and I am delighted with the service and support we get from them. I also like the fact that they keep improving products, never standing still and being satisfied!'

Jemima Parry Jones


Simon Piggott from Broadstairs in Kent breeds quail, and has used Brinsea incubators for many years. 'I currently use Brinsea Mini Advance incubators that I bought at the beginning of 2010. In previous years I used manual incubators but have moved on to these are amazing little fully automatic machines. The fully automated and easily programmable setup makes these a pleasure to use. The fact that I can hatch around a dozen eggs in the special tray is ideal for hatching quail. I mostly raise ornamental species of quail. Bobwhite and California are my favourites to breed. I like them as they are more active than the usual species due to the fact they climb and perch. I have not had any problems with the incubators so far, I can confidently leave them to their job knowing my next batch of chicks are always just a few weeks away. I have also hatched chickens in the past in Brinsea incubators, and a peacock.'

 

Andy Cawthray from Oswestry breds rare Owlbeards and uses Brinsea incubators... 'I breed pure breed chickens and a number of rare breed chickens too and have been using Brinsea incubators since I first started out hatching and rearing stock some years ago. I have a number of the DX20 incubators plus a couple of DX40 incubators. My favourite is the DX20 Auto, its small and reliable and when I'm incubating eggs from the very rare Owlbeards I keep and breed, it's this machine I trust to do the job. With numbers of Owlbeards in the UK (and worldwide) being perilously close to extinction for at the least the second time in its existance I need to be sure I'm using something that can handle small numbers of eggs effectively and effortlessly, the Brinsea DX20 Auto does this for me. The humidity metre on the Auto model removes the guess work previously needed on the old DX20 models and as such I can be confident that I've minimised the risk of techinical issues impacting the efforts to revive this oldest of Dutch chicken breeds.'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gill Lucraft knows more about hedgehogs than she ever thought possible since opening Hedgehog Bottom, a rescue centre in West Berkshire for sick, injured and orphaned wild hedgehogs. The centre began with just a few animals but has rapidly grown, taking in over 200 hedgehogs in 2010. 'We managed to get funding from Greenham Common Trust for two incubators. We chose the TLC4 as it is compact and will easily accommodate a single animal that needs heat and monitoring but we also purchased the larger TLC-5 which has been an absolute boon during 2010. We had an unprecented number of large litters coming in straight from the nest. The TLC-5 easily held a litter of seven until they were weaned and provided the heat so necessary for these tiny ones. Over the autumn and winter it was in constant use, often with the Nebuliser attachment, for hogs with lungworm and pneumonia. The service and support from Brinsea has been amazing and it's comforting to know that our vet uses the same products as ours.'


 

Rebecca Hanson from Haute-Vienne in France uses the OvaEasy 380 Advance. 'We run a small family farm in the heart of France. We produce turkey & geese for the English at Christmas plus chicken & ducks for our own freezer. I can't believe how great the OvaEasy 380 Advance is. We used to have lots of smaller hand-turning incubators but since buying the OvaEasy 380 Advance we've had so much more time for other jobs & not had to worry about remembering to turn the eggs. We love it so much we are going to buy another one this year. We also have the Hatchmaker to run in conjunction with the incubator. We have had the OvaEasy 380 for just over a year now, it has to be my favourite product.'

 

Nick Riddiough is Headteacher at Court de Wyck C of E Primary School in Claverham near Bristol... 'The Brinsea Octagon 20 Advance incubator was perfect for our needs. As a school, we needed a machine which could be left at weekends without any danger to the eggs. The temperature and humidity settings we very easy to use and the children were able to ensure the eggs were being well cared for. In addition, we wanted good visibility so the children could see what was happening and eventually watch the chicks hatch out. The Brinsea Octagon 20 gave us all of that. Another 'Wow!' moment came when the children used the Brinsea OvaScope to see what was going on inside the eggs. The whole process has been easy thanks to our Brinsea products and has created a real buzz around the school and now our chicks are happy outside on our school farm with the children caring for them daily.' More information about Court de Wyck can be found by visiting their website - please click here for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lottie Evans from Devon is 7 years old. One of our youngest incubator users is Lottie Evans and she is 7 years old. For her birthday last year she asked for an incubator and her parents bought her a Brinsea Mini Advance. Lottie loves all animals and so far in the last year she has hatched 6 duckings (Aylesbury and Khaki Campbells), 5 chicks, and 4 quail. She is would like to try to hatch a goose egg this month, but she will need an Octagon 20… Her dad is kept very busy building the various houses for the birds! Lottie says, 'Hatching eggs is loads of fun. The best bit is watching when the beak starts pecking at the shell and you just know a chick is going to pop out. It's also great when you check in the morning and a little chick has popped out in the night and is sat there looking at you!'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Crews is a Vet Nurse based in Somerset, she has a TLC Intensive Care Unit. 'This is the 1st litter of Orphans I have had in my care since purchasing the incubator. They were approximately 4-5 days old when they came to me & they needed to be in the incubator to help maintain their body temperatures till they were 8 days old & then could maintain their own body temperatures. They are now nearly 3 weeks old & doing well. Many thanks once again.'

 

Marilyn Pope from Caerleon incubates eggs as a hobby. ‘I’m a mum to two children who started off with two light Sussex hens and I bought a second hand Octagon 20DX incubator off e-bay and it all started from there really! I took on several rescue hens but I am so used to keeping pure breeds that I really missed it; so I pulled the incubator out of the cupboard and have started hatching again. Incubating for me is more of a hobby and something for the children but I enjoy working with poultry and through experience of buying in birds that have been ill in the past I think incubating your own eggs is the safest way to keep a flock free from disease. I have really enjoyed hatching all sorts of breeds over the years but my favourites were definitely the Indian Runners and the turkeys.’


Oliver Wood from Berkshire is 15, he is using a Mini Eco incubator for his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. ‘I started keeping chickens a year ago for my Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award. When I moved onto my Silver DofE I needed to show development in my skill so I decided to hatch my own chickens. I researched the costs and equipment needed and quickly found out that Brinsea were the best products. I was given the Mini Eco for Christmas and bought a selection of fertilised eggs over the internet. I have now done two batches. I hatched 5 out of 6 fertile eggs in batch one, and 7 out of 9 in the second batch. There's a real mixture of breeds, and I have found a good home for any roosters that we may have and will keep the girls for egg-laying. I upload pics of my chicks, movies of the hatching etc to my eDofE account (the online record system for my DofE Silver) and have kept a good record of every stage of the process - the Brinsea incubator made everything really clean and simple as I could view the eggs hatching and be sure the temperature and humidity was kept at the right levels. I'm glad I got the incubator that didn't turn the eggs as it meant I could be involved 3 times a day turning them. My friend borrowed an automatic turner and he just left it for 21 days until hatching - boring!’