Brinsea's Octagon® 20 incubators have been popular with bird breeders for decades and the latest models provide a combination of performance and value whichever model you choose.
The high quality incubator cabinet is entirely injection moulded from high grade ABS which makes it durable and easy to clean. The base is double skinned and foam filled to reduce heat loss meaning to lower electricity consumption and better temperature distribution. The top of the incubator is clear allowing good visibility of the eggs and chicks.
Humidity and ventilation
Air is circulated by a long life computer grade fan which, coupled with the unique grill with optimised air diffuser leads to extremely even air temperature throughout the egg chamber. Fresh air is controlled with a vent slider and humidity is provided by water in two reservoirs in the base.
To accommodate eggs of different sizes the Octagon® 20 removable egg trays are supplied with dividers which the user can position to suit their eggs and so maximize the number of eggs that can be held. Eggs from as small as finches to as large as geese can be incubated and a guide to the numbers of a range of popular species which will fit is given in the specification table. Eggs are turned during incubation as the whole incubator is rocked from side to side – hence the octagonal cabinet ends. The Autoturn Cradle turns the eggs hourly but this can be done manually at least twice a day.
All Brinsea® egg incubators are fully guaranteed and will be repaired or replaced if a fault should arise within the warranty period (See terms of warranty). Brinsea® Products and their agents will not be responsible for loss of eggs in the event of failure, however caused, and the user is advised to arrange his own insurance cover where loss of power, mechanical or electrical failure might result in unacceptable losses.
Octagon 20 Eco
Economic to buy and simple to use
The Octagon® 20 Eco incubators are simple but high quality egg incubators with a proven electronic temperature control to give reliable hatching results of a wide range of species with minimum fuss.
The Octagon® 20 Eco control temperature with high accuracy using a proportional band electronic controller with easy tamper-proof adjustment. A flashing indicator shows that the incubation temperature is being controlled steadily and temperature is monitored with a purpose made liquid in glass thermometer.
There is no facility for humidity measurement control. This is an incubator for the cost-conscious and those who require simplicity over features.
Octagon 20 Advance
Taking the guesswork out of incubation
The specially designed control system is the heart of the Octagon® 20 Advance. In normal mode it shows the incubation temperature and humidity to very high levels of accuracy. A simple menu allows the user to change the incubation settings. Features include periodic cooling, high and low temperature alarm and choice of °C or °F. The menu also allows full control of humidity with the optional Advance Humidity Pump (see Octagon® 20 Advance EX below).
Cooling is an entirely natural process as most birds will get off the nest at least once a day and leave the eggs unheated for a significant time. Recent research has also shown that hatch rates can actually increase significantly as a result of cooling. For this reason Brinsea® have now incorporated a cooling option in all their Advance models of egg incubators since 2012. This feature turns the incubator’s heater and low temperature alarm off for a selected period but keeps the fan running. After the cooling period is complete the incubator reverts to normal temperature and the alarm is automatically reset.
Octagon 20 Advance EX
Improved control for valuable and hard-to-incubate eggs
Humidity is a crucial factor in the success (or otherwise) of eggs and the EX version of the Octagon® 20 Advance puts accurate control of humidity in the hands of the user.
The Octagon® 20 Advance EX is an Octagon® 20 Advance egg incubator with the matching Humidity Pump module to maintain total control of the incubation humidity level and additional foam lined egg dividers to protect fragile or damaged eggs and eliminate effects of jolts. The standard Octagon® 20 Advance provides a readout of incubation humidity but requires the user to alter humidity to achieve the ideal average level.
The EX version with the Humidity Pump effectively maintains the humidity level precisely at the level the user sets irrespective of changes in room humidity and so overcomes problems that can commonly lead to eggs failing to hatch – especially in the latest stages of incubation. The Humidity Pump includes an external water reservoir eliminating the chances of water in the incubator harboring bacteria.
The Humidity Pump module is designed to work seamlessly with the Octagon® 20 Advance egg incubator and can be purchased later as an upgrade from Octagon® 20 Advance to Octagon® 20 Advance EX.