TLC-50 Advance Intensive Care Unit / Brooder / Recovery Unit

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

Price: £669.35 £557.79 ex In stock

Key Features

  • 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 light with on/off switch
  • Protected by Biomaster antimicrobial additives
  • 3 year guarantee


The larger TLC-50 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. (Product code: AD25)

Our TLC-50 Advance 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-50 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-50 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 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-50 Advance 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: HD411A


Overall height: 550 mm

Overall width: 690 mm

Overall depth: 490 mm

Floor area: 600 mm x 400 mm

Effective volume:100 litres

Power consumption (Watts) Max 150, Typical 100

Power supply 115v, 60Hz or 230v 50Hz as ordered

Weight: 8.7kg

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

Brinsea to the rescue!

Posted by Amanda Norman on 15/03/2019

Starting a hedgehog Rescue I decided I wanted to start as I meant to go on and give the hedgehogs the best care I could, I ordered two of the TLC 50 Advance incubator’s, having been recommended by other rescues. I have not been disappointed, they have proven to be worth their weight in gold and totally worth every penny. Hedgehogs often come in very poorly, cold and in shock, requiring fluids and warmth, two of the most important things. The fluids are given by injection and then it’s straight into the incubator. It’s easy to set the temperature, with the controls being very easy to understand, I have used both incubators for very small autumn Juvenile hedgehogs to very large hedgehogs who have been admitted over the winter who have needed to be warmed gently but consitantly. At first I was a bit scared to use them, however as I have grown in my own confidence it’s my go to whenever there is a new admission. Soon it will be hoglet season and I can honestly say I know these incubators will prove invaluable, as hoglets need the temperature to be consitant and quite warm between 30c and 34c. The incubator is spacious, easy to use, easy to clean, I wouldn’t be without mine and I am thinking of getting a third, possibly the portable too. Customer service is excellent. Highly recommended. Wixams Hedgehog Support.

Wouldn't be without one

Posted by Elliott Simpson on 26/02/2019

This product is robust yet simplistic and easy-to-use in design, and has proved a valuable asset to hospitalising recovering as well as critically ill exotics patients. As a vet with a heavy exotics caseload, I wouldn't be without one.

Superb Customer Service

Posted by Stevey Byrne - GSPCA, Guernsey on 25/10/2018

With more than 145 years of caring for animals in Guernsey, the GSPCA is growing to meet the demands of the modern world with enthusiasm, optimism and energy. The role now, as in those early days, of preventing cruelty and promoting kindness to animals, through education, is as strong as ever. So much is achieved - through qualified and dedicated staff, our own welfare officer, friends and supporters throughout the island and through our association with the other animal welfare organisations around the world. We are completely funded through the generosity of the local community and without donations, monthly giving, legacies and our members we wouldn't be able to help the 1000's of animals every year that come through our doors. In 2016 we were awarded Guernsey Community Foundation Charity of the Year and in 2017 at the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards we were bestowed a Special International Animal Welfare Award. With over 2000 sick and injured wild animals through the doors at the GSPCA every year, life saving equipment is in high demand at the GSPCA and we are incredibly fortunate to have a number of Brinsea TLC-40 ADV 230V Thermal Life-support Cabinets and the TLC-50 ADV 230V Thermal Life-support Cabinets. At the Guernsey SPCA we cannot speak highly enough of the Brinsea TLC-40 and TLC-50 ADV 230V Thermal Life-support Cabinets. We see the life saving results these units can make in saving sick and injured animals as well as their fabulous and incredible use in helping appropriately house in an intensive care environment young animals from birds to kittens, puppies to hoglets and many others on a daily basis. Our first purchase of these units at the GSPCA was in 2011 and since then they have been used 24/7 with phenomenal results. Many of our Thermal Life-support Cabinets at the GSPCA have been on day and night since their purchase over 7 years ago without any issues or faults which show cases their longevity and robust design. The bulk of the species are sick, injured and baby birds often found cold, wet and close to death and these wonderful units help provide a temperature and environment that can really help save their life. During the Spring and Summer our Thermal Life-support Cabinets are full with baby birds and hoglets being hand reared and many of the 1500 injured birds that arrive each year will be housed in these units on arrival to warm them up and stabilise them. From oiled birds found on the Guernsey coastline to injured birds of prey, hundreds of hedgehogs covered in fleas and ticks every year to young animals needing hand rearing the TLC-40 and TLC-50 ADV 230V Thermal Life-support Cabinets are easy to clean and maintain and Brinsea are a fantastic company and we are so grateful for their quality range of equipment they produce and superb customer service. The GSPCA being the only all animal welfare organisation in Guernsey means that day and night we help animals in need and support our community and the TLC-40 and TLC-50 ADV 230V Thermal Life-support Cabinets are integral to our work to help care for those animals saved often in extreme and ill health and to have this equipment in our hospital areas means every year hundreds of animals are rehabilitated and lives saved that would likely perish without it.

Invaluable Intensive Care Unit

Posted by Iford Meadows Hedgehog Rescue on 06/10/2018

After purchasing a TLC-50 Advance Intensive Care Unit, we can honestly say it has been a lifesaver. It’s an invaluable piece of kit and enhances the care that our hedgehog rescue can provide. It is reassuring to be able to leave the hard work to the incubator to maintain a constant heat source to aid in the recovery of the poorly wild hedgehogs that are admitted to the hospital. It allows for higher temperatures to be maintained for the smallest of orphaned hoglets who are unable to self-regulate their body temperatures, to larger adult hogs who need thermal support whilst fighting infections from illness or injury. It is therefore a piece of equipment that is in constant use throughout the year. It’s a great design, easy to assemble and the transparent door allows you to keep an eye on the patient inside without having to open the door and let the heat escape. The internal size of the TLC-50 is perfect, allowing enough space for bedding, food and water to be kept separate. The controls at the front are easy to use and allow for a quick change of settings as required. As hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures and we are often carrying out late night checks, the internal light at the top of the incubator is great for checking on the casualty inside without having to disturb the other patients in the hospital by turning on the lights, which helps to reduce stress for all the hedgehogs receiving care in the rescue – a win win all round! The unit is easy to clean and disinfect and maintain a sterile environment to reduce any cross contamination between patients and also to minimise zoonotic risks, making it a great isolation unit too. A multi-functional piece of kit we could never be without now and vital to our work in trying to reverse the decline of our iconic wild hedgehogs. Thank you Brinsea – you have a great product and great customer service.

Best Recovery Unit

Posted by Susanna Collins on 13/08/2018

I used this for one of my Bantam chicks which was struggling. Within days I seen a massive improvement. So it was a blessing in times of worry. With this you can rest assure you small chick are in the best recovery place.

Brilliant Incubator!

Posted by Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue on 30/01/2018

The Brinsea TLC Incubators are vital to our work saving British wildlife. They make such a difference to the care we can provide orphaned and poorly animals. We use them all year round for a wide array of species - from tiny hatchling birds & poorly hedgehogs to bats and even fawns! We have never had any issues with our Brinsea incubators; they are easy to use, easy to clean and they have helped us save many lives.


Posted by Willows Hedgehog Rescue  on 01/09/2015

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.

I love this ICU to bits!

Posted by Mary Crichton  on 17/07/2015

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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