TLC-40 Eco Intensive Care Unit / Brooder / Recovery Unit

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Easy to clean intensive care unit providing optimal brooding and recovery conditions

Price: £453.72 £378.10 ex In stock

Key Features

  • Accurate and adjustable digital temperature control
  • Display choice of °C or °F
  • Water pan for humidity
  • 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
  • Protected by Biomaster antimicrobial additives
  • 3 year guarantee


Our TLC-40 Eco has several applications.

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 Eco 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 Eco 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-40 and has been carefully optimised to ensure consistent distribution of heat, so that all chicks are at the same temperature but with the fan maintaining gentle air speeds so that down, fluff and dust are not blown around.

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%

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 incubators/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.


Your TLC-40 Eco is fitted with a water reservoir which humidifies air as it is drawn into the heater enclosure. Use a solution of Brinsea Incubation Disinfectant (1 part concentrate to 100 parts water) in the water reservoir (pan) to inhibit bacterial build-up. It is recommended that the reservoir is topped up with solution daily to reduce dehydration. The evaporating block and filters can be carefully washed by hand but they do need changing regularly.

Product code: HD400A


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

The TLC-40 & TLC-50 are subject to EU Design Registration No. 001779729-0005

Top Customer Service

Posted by Melissa Tucker on 29/02/2020

I run a small home based self funded wildlife rescue and we fund raised for one of these TLC40 Incubators. We have used it for a variety of wildlife over the last year and a half and it is a valuable piece of equipment to our rescue. When by user error we broke the base of the unit Brinsea were amazing at organising a replacement base for us, free of charge. Their customer service and advice is top class and I couldn’t recommend them enough to any wildlife rehabilitators.

Great incubator for wildlife care

Posted by Anne-Fleur Brand on 29/02/2020

We use this incubator on a daily basis for triage of our smaller wildlife patients ranging from mice, bats, and birds to hedgehogs. It heats up very quickly and the curved edges on the inside make it easy to wipe off faeces or other material.


Posted by Zivile Tiruniene on 29/02/2020

Absolutely brilliant incubator that we use for our little orphaned animals. Maintaining constant temperature reduces stress therefore increases survival! Amazing.

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Posted by Richard Moulding on 29/02/2020

We as a wildlife rescue centre have been using these incubators for many years and they really make a huge difference to our patients. Definitely recommended!

Excellent product

Posted by Aurelijus Tirunas on 29/02/2020

Very well made, reliable product. Served us 4 years

Amazing project

Posted by HART Wildlife Rescue on 31/01/2020

We own 1 of these brooders and it is a critical component for our hospital, we would be lost without Brinsea and their incredibile brooders and incubators which we use for everything from eggs to hedgehogs, birds, foxes and badgers! I cannot recommend them enough and I know most wildlife rescue hospitals use them! Wonderful customer services as well!

An Invaluable Life Saver

Posted by Heather Todd on 15/10/2018

My TLC40 ECO incubator has been an absolutely vital piece of equipment and has played a major role in saving many hedgehog lives.  It has been instrumental in warming many orphaned babies,  a couple of hoglets that were found in a garden pond, soaked through and cold, and in particular Torstein, who came in very cold, wet and flat and with a broken jaw.  We doubted that he would last half an hour but with a gentle warm through and some fluids he rallied, had his jaw wired, his parasites treated and six weeks later had made a full recovery and released in the area he was found, I was one proud hedgehog mamma! Now the autumn juvenile season has begun with many very young hedgehogs coming in very sick, cold and with huge parasite burdens my TLC40 ECO is coming into its own once again.


Posted by Charlotte on 15/08/2018

This unit has helped save so many lives in my little wildlife rescues. I wouldn’t be without one now. Keeps a lovely stable temperature for the youngest of orphans and is easy to use. Would recommend to anyone thinking of purchasing one

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  • TLC-40 & TLC-50 Eco - Product Instructions

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  • TLC Incubator Care Guide

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  • TLC & Vetario - Use of Incubators in Wildlife Care by Dr Liz Mullineaux, MRCVS

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  • TLC-30, 40, 50 Brooder/Intensive Care Units - Product Literature

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