NEW - TLC-50 Eco Series II Intensive Care Unit / Bird Brooder

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Easy to clean, general purpose small animal intensive care unit / bird brooder providing optimal brooding and recovery conditions. Digital control system with alarms, twin stage filter, water reservoir for increasing humidity with external top up for ease of use.

Price: £831.89 £693.24 ex In stock

Key Features

  • Accurate and calibrated adjustable digital temperature control
  • Display choice of °C or °F
  • Temperature alarm
  • Room 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
  • Increased humidity range
  • Tough, clear hinged door with secure catch
  • Protected by Biomaster antimicrobial additives
  • Mains power supply
  • Customer support online, by email and phone
  • Servicing options outside of guarantee period
  • Made in Great Britain
  • FREE 3 year guarantee (subject to online registration)


OXYGEN USEAGE: If you require an ICU with oxygen compatibility please visit our specialist Vetario website. The elevated oxygen levels which can be so beneficial to patients' therapy also introduces the hazard of much easier combustion. This means that the higher oxygen levels in an intensive care unit can lead to fire much more readily than in normal atmospheres. The Vetario T40M and T50M have been designed to control these risks and for additional reassurance they have been independently tested by BSI for product safety to the Animal and Medical Incubator standards. The Vetario T40M and T50M models conform to the oxygen fire safety clauses of the current EN 60601-1:2006 + corrigenda 2006 & 2007 standard.

The TLC-50 Eco Series II is a multi-purpose small animal Intensive Care Unit/bird brooder, providing the warmth and isolation essential for the critical care needs for a variety of young, sick, injured or weak animals and birds. With an effective volume of 100 litres, it can accommodate a rabbit, hedgehog, kitten or small puppy for example. Brinsea's TLC intensive care units are used by wildlife rescue centres, conservation projects, breeders and individual rehabilitators worldwide.

Control system: With accurate and calibrated digital temperature control, the TLC-50 Series II Eco gives the user precise and accurate temperature control that can be adjusted at the push of a button. The digital control system shows temperature in either °C or °F and includes dual adjustable alarms to warn of variations of temperature inside and outside the cabinet beyond user-set thresholds. Simply alter the temperature in 0.1°C increments by using the digital controls to adjust between room temperature and 38°C. The digital controller guards against accidental temperature adjustment.

Airflow: Airflow in the TLC-50 Series II Eco has been carefully optimised to ensure consistent distribution of heat, so that all animals are at the same temperature but with the fan maintaining gentle air speeds with positive pressure so that down, fluff and dust are not blown around. A twin stage air filter ensures that harmful bacteria and fungal spores are effortlessly removed from the brooding chamber; air is gently circulated by an internal fan in a way that minimises airborne dust.

Humidity: Warm air can result in dehydration so the TLC-50 Eco has a water reservoir over which air is circulated to increase humidity within the chamber. The water reservoir is filled from outside the unit and is clear, allowing the user to monitor the water level. The Series II models can reach higher humidity levels and an adjustable vent is fitted to the door which may be opened or closed to give greater control of humidity and fresh air flow.

Cleaning: With hygiene a top priority, the TLC-50 Series II Eco has been carefully designed to make cleaning as easy as possible. The smooth, easy-to-clean interior has no vulnerable edges for animals to chew. The whole unit can be easily disassembled for easy and effective cleaning.

FREE 3 year guarantee: subject to online registration.

Protected by Polygiene Biomaster Antimicrobial Additive: To reduce the risk of infection Brinsea incorporate Polygiene Biomaster Antimicrobial Protection into our incubator cabinets during manufacture. Polygiene 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 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.

Filling the water reservoir: Your TLC-50 Eco Series II 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The low room temperature alarm may be triggered at approximately 15°C to provide early warning of compromised performance.

Product code: HD4101A


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

TLC50 eco small animal incubator

Posted by Jill Dodds on 22/05/2023

I have bought many Brinsea incubators for our hedgehog and Mammal rescue and they all do the job they were purchased for. The machines are dependable and so easy to clean and to operate. The only reason I have given this review 4* and not 5* is because I do wonder if they could start manufacturing an incubator where the heat source didnt have to be located just in the middle of the roof of the machine and whether a design could be made where the heat is dissipated more evenly throughout the interior for the animal, . Maybe this is something for the future Brinsea, I dare say it would be more expensive though!

TLC 50 Eco

Posted by Samantha McCauley on 27/02/2022

Brought this incubator for my hedgehog rescue, I was very impressed with it. Very easy to use and set the temperature. Would recommend this to help with hedgehogs

Lifesaving piece of equipment!

Posted by Beckie on 29/02/2020

Work as an ACA at the GSPCA and these ICUs are SO important to us! These ICUs are perfect for sick and injured wildlife that we get through our doors. At the moment we are using them for oiled guillemots. They are also amazing when it comes to hand rearing young wildlife, especially with the car adaptor for those long drives back home or work. Highly recommend these ICUs to any animal work place!

A life saver

Posted by Gay Kite on 11/03/2019

Wonderful piece of kit. Saved so many hedgehog lives. Simple to use. Reaches temperature very quickly. Easy to clean.


Posted by Jill Speechley on 11/08/2018

I have bought this IC unit to use for any of my parrots that are sick. it is very easy to use and easy to clean. So far I have used it successfully for two sick birds. I can highly recommend this unit to be used as a hospital box.


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).

Easy to use.

Posted by Nicholas Piggin on 24/11/2012

This brooder maintains perfect temperature, is very easy to use and perfect for keeping clean. I am unable to find any faults so far.

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

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  • TLC Incubator Care Guide

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  • TLC Product Guide Download with Comparison Chart

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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 Bird Brooder/Intensive Care Units - Product Literature

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  • Oxygen Safety When Using Intensive Care Units

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