Review of the Ovation 28 Advance Incubator by The Exmoor Holiday Company Ltd
The Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator is the second incubator we have purchased since we first began hatching fertile eggs 11 years ago. Our first was also a Brinsea, the Octagon model which lasted us well. It was thanks to our previous satisfaction with the Brinsea brand we decided to invest in another of their models. We initially chose the Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator because it held a good number of eggs, has a automatic turning and a simple to use display panel to adjust settings and check on the temperature and humidity.
Jess’s hatch in the Ovation 28 Advance
Product Specification of the Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator
High quality, high visibility cabinet. Ventilation control. Internal water top-up and water level indicator
Supplied with 4 standard egg carriers for 28 hen sized eggs or 48 quail sized eggs
Easy to view digital display for monitoring humidity and temperature (in C or F). Room and incubator temperature alarms.
Made in the UK, spares in the UK, servicing in the UK and 3 year warranty
Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator – Price
Currently retailing around the £300 mark, the Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator is by far not the most or least expensive incubator on the market. We would say it is middle of the range, an investment that will just keep on giving. Whether you are incubating fertile eggs from your own flock or purchasing eggs from elsewhere raising your own chicks as a pose to buying in adult birds can be a more cost-effective way of expanding your flock. Not to mention the joy bought by watching your eggs pip and unzip into chicks, a priceless miracle each and every time!
Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator – Design
The overall design of the Brinsea Ovation 28 advance egg incubator is very good, we particularly like the excellent visibility through the top half which is made from a very durable clear plastic. The bottom half provides a sturdy base in which the egg trays sit. At first we were a little dubious of the single row of trays as opposed to the tray with movable dividers we had become a customed to with our previous incubator. For our first hatch we set a mixture of 26 large chicken eggs ordered from Redruth Poultry, we did notice some were a little snug in the tray so we ordered a set of large trays for next time. On reflection this is more beneficial when it comes to hatching as once all the trays are removed there is plenty of room for chicks to hatch safely.
A clip from Jess’s hatching video.
Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator – Usability
The Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator has proved to be a simple and easy to use machine. From the initial set-up we didn’t run into any problems at all, the instructions provided are very clear guiding you through the different options. As well as setting the correct humidity on the control panel, water should be added to the reservoirs situated within the bottom half of the incubator underneath the egg trays. On our second hatch, 30 mixed bantam eggs from A & J Poultry, we observed when candling on the seventh day that all were fertile except the very last seven.
Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator – Success Rate
Our first hatch rate using the Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator was 14 out of 26, which I think is not a bad success rate at all taking in the considerations of the eggs travelling through the postal system from Redruth Poultry and with it being January – February when the weather is cold and fertility is naturally at a low. Now on day ten of our second hatch, a mixture of bantam eggs we collected from A&J Poultry. We are yet to know our actual hatch rate however upon candling on day seven all were fertile except the very last seven as previously mentioned.
We highly recommend the Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator
In conclusion we can highly recommend the Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator to both a first-time user and an experienced poultry hobbyist It offers a well built, easy to clean design. Its simple settings panel allows accessibility to everyone, no computer or tech skills required. If you can use a television guide you will have no issues with set-up! With excellent hatch success rates and a three years manufacturer’s guarantee, we really can’t fault the Brinsea Ovation 28 Advance Egg Incubator.
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Our smallholding on Exmoor is located within the small farming village of Challacombe. It’s home to our two pet ewes Bow Bow and Belle, chickens, turkeys and dogs. We are more of a sanctuary as opposed to a functioning smallholding! Whilst we enjoy the bounty of eggs, and home-grown treats we don’t send our animals to slaughter. We do however enjoy raising and keeping our animals and sharing them with guests who visit our static caravan – Exmoor Blue Bird. ‘ Jess Porter
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