Fit the egg

Fit the egg
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Read the instructions before use!
Do not cover!
Damaged appliances must not be used.
The appliance and its supply cord must be placed in an indoor area not subject to splashes of water or wet conditions and protected from or out of reach
of animals.
Repairs must be carried out only by a suitably qualified person.
This appliance must not be used, cleaned or maintained by children or persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of
experience and knowledge without supervision. Children must not play with the appliance.
Disconnect the incubator from the mains power supply during cleaning. Ensure that all electrical parts are kept dry.
Please read these instructions carefully before setting up your incubator to achieve best results and keep these instructions safe for future reference.
This document includes recommended procedures for successful hatching but incubation involves the control and manipulation of a large number of factors and in
certain circumstances different procedures may be necessary.
For more detailed information on all aspects of egg incubation including helpful advice on getting best results please visit our website at www.brinsea.com
Your incubator is designed to allow the user to vary the incubation conditions to suit a wide range of species in different ambient conditions and the specific set-up for
every situation is beyond the scope of these instructions.
For more information on incubation and hatching please download our FREE Incubation Handbook: www.brinsea.com/brochures/BrinseaIncubationHandbook2016.pdf
To register your new Brinsea product please visit www.brinsea.com and follow the link on the right hand side of the home page to qualify for your free 3 year
guarantee.
Record your appliance serial number here: __________________
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CONTENTS
1
Setting Up Your Incubator
-
Unpacking
4
Part Quantities
5
Assembly
6
Location & Installation
9
2
Product Introduction – Functional Features
10
3
Settings – Control Menu
11
4
Display
12
5
Temperature
14
6
Humidity and Ventilation
15
7
Eggs
17
8
Periodic Incubation Cooling
18
9
Hatching & Cleaning up
19
10 Specifications
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1 SETTING UP YOUR INCUBATOR
UNPACKING
Your incubator has been supplied in protective
packaging. Please remove all tape, strapping and
packing from the incubator and parts. Retain the
carton and packing materials to enable the unit to
be repacked.
1.
1:
Remove the packaging and lift off the top of
the incubator.
2:
Remove the card packing inserts and elastic
bands from inside the incubator.
3:
Check that the electrical supply matches the
machine’s requirements (marked on the technical
label inside the clear top).
2.
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PART QUANTITIES
The diagram shows all the parts that have been
supplied to you. Ensure you have the correct
quantities of each part. If there are any parts
damaged or missing please contact your retailer or
Brinsea Products (at the address at the end of the
document). Damaged appliances must not be
used.
1
1: Top
2: Egg Carriers (8)
2
3
3: Link
4: Water Pan Covers (2)
5: Base
4
5
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1.
ASSEMBLY
1: Place the water pan covers into their positions
in the base.
See section 6 for advice on humidity.
2: Fit the link into its slots ensuring the smooth
side is facing inwards.
Link slots
2.
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3.
ASSEMBLY
Detail A
Detail B
3: Fit the egg carriers into the supports. The pegs
must fit in the sockets.
Detail B
Detail A
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ASSEMBLY
4.
4:
Place the top onto the base in the correct
orientation. The egg turning motor must sit over
the link. Check the top fits flush all the way
around the base edge.
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LOCATION AND INSTALLATION
1.
Your incubator will give best results in a heated
room free from wide temperature variations and
with generous ventilation – particularly if several
incubators are running at the same time.
Ensure that the room temperature cannot drop on
a cold night. Ideally thermostatically control the
room at between 68 and 77°F (20 and 25°C). Never
allow the room temperature to drop below 63°F
(17°C).
Make sure that the incubator cannot be exposed to
direct sunlight and is used on a flat, level surfaced
worktop or table, not on the floor. Please ensure
the incubator is used on a water resistant surface.
Connect the mains cable to the incubator lid.
Ensure the connector is pushed fully home in its
socket.
2.
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2 PRODUCT INTRODUCTION
FUNCTIONAL FEATURES
1
1: Digital Display
2: Control Buttons
2
3: Adjustable air vent
4: Egg Carriers (8)
3
4
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3 SETTINGS
CONTROL MENU
The diagram on the right illustrates how to
navigate through the control menu. Look at the key
below to understand what each button does when
pressed.
Press both buttons to unlock
the menu.
37.5C
OK
RH%
OK  
RH 20%
EX ONLY
T-MODE
OK  
TURN ON
OK
0 1
TURNING MODE
Switches the turning system on or off.
Default ON.
TURN INT
OK  
MINS 45
OK
- +
TURNING INTERVAL
Sets the delay between turns.
Range 5 – 180 minutes.
Default 45 minutes.
ALARM HI
OK  
HI
OK
2.0C
- +
HIGH TEMPERATURE ALARM
Range 1.0 – 5.0°C (1.8 – 9.0°F) above set incubation temperature.
Default 2.0°C (3.6°F). See section 4.
ALARM LO
OK  
LOW 3.0C
OK
- +
LOW TEMPERATURE ALARM
Range 1.0 – 5.0°C (1.8 – 9.0°F) below set incubation temperature.
Default 3.0°C (5.4°F). See section 4.
COOLING
OK  
MINS OFF
OK
- +
PERIODIC INCUBATION COOLING
Switches heater off for a timed period once every 24 hours. Do
not use before day 7 of incubation or whilst hatching.
Range 10 – 360 minutes. Default - OFF. See section 8.
C/F
OK
DISP
C
OK C F
CELSIUS / FAHRENHEIT DISPLAY
Switches all temperature figures between °C and °F.
Default °C. See section 5.
- +
Select the option / return to the menu.
Go forward one screen / increase the
value / display in Celsius.
Go back one screen / decrease the value
/ display in Fahrenheit.
INCUBATION TEMPERATURE
Range 20.0 – 40.0°C (68.0 – 104.0°F).
Default 37.5°C (99.5°F). See section 5.
TEMP
OK  
 
RELATIVE HUMIDITY
(Manually controlled on Advance product)
SAVE
All changes are saved. Return to normal operation screen.
SAVE
OK  
CANCEL
All changes are ignored. Return to normal
operation screen.
CANCEL
OK  
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4 DISPLAY
Normal Operation – Temperature, relative humidity and turn system status are continuously displayed.
DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEM
The Ovation Advance control system utilises a
highly accurate, individually calibrated sensor for
temperature. Be cautious of low cost analogue or
digital thermometers when comparing them with
the incubator display reading.

The asterisk “*” adjacent to the temperature reading shows when the heater power is on. When warming the asterisk will be
continuously on, once warmed up the asterisk will slowly flash as the heater is pulsed to maintain the correct temperature.
When reducing the temperature setting the asterisk may go off, this is normal.

During periodic incubation cooling (see section 8) the asterisk will be replaced by an arrow: “↓”.

If turning is switched off an “O” flashes at the corner of the display.

If turning is switched on a line “/” symbol rotates at the corner of the display.
Example settings for poultry:
Temperature: 99.5°F (37.5°C)
Changing Settings – The Control Menu allows the various settings to be modified and saved. All settings are retained in the
Humidity: 45%
event of a power cut.
Turning interval: 45 minutes (turn off
from day 19 and remove egg carriers)

To access the Control Menu press the + and – buttons simultaneously to unlock the display. For full details of menu settings
please refer to the contents on page 3 and view the relevant sections.
Cooling: OFF
(Add water to one or both water pans
and adjust vent to achieve desired
humidity.)
(FIG 1)
Power Loss Display (FIG 1) -- If power has been interrupted due to a power cut (or when first switching on) a “P” is shown
flashing in the corner of the display. Press OK for 2 or more seconds to clear the indicator. If the reason for the power loss is not
known check the power cable connections are secure.

Once the “P” indicator has been cleared, it is advisable to candle eggs a number of times to check for losses.
T*37.5C
T*37.5
H
C 35% P/
H 35%
P/
T*37.5
C
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High Temperature Alarm Display (FIG 2) – If the measured temperature inside the incubator goes up by more than the
figure in the ALARM HI screen, the alarm will sound immediately and “H” will be displayed. Press OK to silence the alarm for 30
minutes.
4 DISPLAY
(FIG 2)

T*39.8C
H 35% H/
If the high temperature problem rectifies itself the “H” remains on the display to show this has happened. Press OK to clear
the indicator. Check the incubator is not (and has not been) in direct sunlight or too near a heat source such as a room heater.
It is advisable to candle eggs a number of times after this event to check for losses.
Low Temperature Alarm Display (FIG 3)
(FIG 3)
T*32.1C
H 35% L/
– If the measured temperature inside the incubator goes down by more than
the figure in the ALARM LO screen, after 60 minutes “L” will be displayed and the alarm will sound. Press OK to silence the alarm for
30 minutes.

If the low temperature problem rectifies itself the “L” remains on the display to show this has happened. Press OK to clear the
indicator. Check the incubator is not (and has not been) in a cold draught and that the room temperature has not dropped
significantly. It is advisable to candle eggs a number of times after this event to check for losses.
Low Room Temperature Alarm (FIG 4)
(FIG 4)
T*37.5C
-RM
/
(FIG 5)
T*37.5C
+RM
/
– If the calculated room temperature remains too low for optimum results for
more than 1 hour a warning is displayed “-RM” and an alarm will sound. Press OK to silence the alarm for 30 minutes.

If the low temperature problem rectifies itself the “-RM” remains on the display to show this has happened. Press OK to clear
the indicator.

Check the incubator is not (and has not been) in a cold draught and that the room temperature has not dropped significantly.
It is advisable to candle eggs a number of times after this event to check for losses.
High Room Temperature Alarm (FIG 5) – If the calculated room temperature remains too high for optimum results for
more than 1 hour a warning is displayed “+RM” and an alarm will sound. Press OK to silence the alarm for 30 minutes.

If the high temperature problem rectifies itself the “+RM” remains on the display to show this has happened. Press OK to clear
the indicator.

Check the incubator is not (and has not been) in direct sunlight or too near a heat source such as a room heater. The eggs
themselves create significant metabolic heating at later stages of incubation and may contribute to this if room temperature is
high. It is advisable to candle eggs a number of times after this event to check for losses.
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5 TEMPERATURE
Please Note: Your incubator will be factory set for hen eggs, you may wish to adjust the temperature in the menu to suit the types
of eggs you are incubating.
SETTING THE TEMPERATURE
1.
Press the - and + buttons
simultaneously to unlock
the Main Menu.
2.
Press OK to select the
temperature screen and
adjust as necessary using
the + and – buttons.
3.
As the incubator warms up and approaches its control setting the ‘heater on’ asterisk “*” will change from continuously on to flashing.
Allow the incubator to stabilise for at least an hour before adjusting the temperature.
Press OK to return to the
Main Menu and then scroll
down to SAVE. Press OK to
save the changes.
Recommended temperatures:
Typical incubation period:
Hens
99.3 – 99.6°F
37.4 – 37.6°C
21 days
Pheasant
99.6 – 100.0°F
37.6 – 37.8°C
23-27 days
Quail
99.6 – 100.0°F
37.6 – 37.8°C
16-23 days
Ducks
99.3 – 99.6°F
37.4 – 37.6°C
28 days
Amazons
98.3 – 98.6°F
36.8 – 37.0°C
24-29 days
Macaws
98.3 – 98.6°F
36.8 – 37.0°C
26-28 days
Love birds
98.3 – 98.6°F
36.8 – 37.0°C
22-24 days
African Grey
98.3 – 98.6°F
36.8 – 37.0°C
28 days
Eclectus
98.3 – 98.6°F
36.8 – 37.0°C
28 days
Parrots:
When reducing temperature the asterisk may go
out while the incubator cools – this is normal.
Adjust temperature with care – small differences
have large effects on hatching performance.
CHANGING TO FAHRENHEIT
1.
Press the - and + buttons
simultaneously to unlock
the Main Menu.
2.
Scroll to the C/F option and
press OK to select the C/F
display screen.
3.
Press the + button to select
°F or the – button to select
°C.
4.
Press OK to return to the
Main Menu and then scroll
down to save. Press OK to
save the changes.

Developing embryos are fairly tolerant of short term temperature drops and the user need not be concerned about cooling
that occurs when inspecting eggs. Temperatures above ideal can quickly have a serious detrimental effect on hatch rates and
must be avoided.

The Ovation Advance has a built-in temperature alarm which warns of high or low temperatures. See section 4 for details.
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6 HUMIDITY AND VENTILATION
UNDERSTANDING HUMIDITY
Short term variations in humidity are not important.
The average humidity over the incubation period
needs to be near optimum to achieve the ideal
weight loss.
Typical Humidity:
Typical Weight Loss:
Generally accepted incubation RH levels for species groups:
Typical ideal weight losses for species groups:
During incubation: Poultry
40-50% RH
Poultry
13%
Waterfowl
45-55% RH
Waterfowl
14%
Parrots
35-45% RH
Parrots
16%
All species
65% RH or more
Hatching:
High humidity for the day or two of hatching is also
important. Beware chronic, excessive humidity.
For more specific information on particular species’ requirements check the relevant literature.
Two factors affect incubation humidity: water evaporation within the cabinet (from eggs as well as from additional water) and
levels of ventilation. The water content of the air being drawn through the incubator will also have an effect.
There are two methods available to bird breeders to achieve correct humidity levels:
1: Monitor humidity levels and adjust to match published guidelines for different species.
2: Monitor egg weight loss which varies as a direct result of humidity and correct against published weight loss figures
for the species. This is the most reliable method and is recommended – particularly where poor hatch rates are
experienced or if eggs of high value are being incubated.
Eggs lose moisture through their shells and the rate of evaporation depends on the humidity levels around the eggs
and the shell porosity. During incubation eggs need to lose a fixed amount of water which corresponds to a loss in
weight of around 13-16% depending on species. By weighing eggs periodically during incubation it is possible to
monitor and, if necessary, correct humidity levels to achieve the correct weight loss.
For more detailed information on all aspects of egg incubation including helpful advice on getting best results please visit our
website at www.brinsea.com/brochures/BrinseaIncubationHandbook2016.pdf
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6 HUMIDITY AND VENTILATION
1.
2.
ADJUSTING THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY LEVEL
There are two ways to change the humidity.
1:
Opening and closing the vent: Close the vent to
increase humidity or open the vent to decrease
humidity.
OPEN
CLOSE
2: Adding water into the water pans: If you want to
decrease humidity don’t add water to either of the
pans, if you want to increase humidity add water to 1
or both of the pans. To fill the water pans take the lid
off. Carefully pour water into the fill points ensuring
you do not fill beyond the “MAX” (as shown in
diagram 2).
Humidity levels may be further increased by placing
strips of evaporating card or cloth into one or more of
the water channels. Evaporating card is available from
Brinsea Products.
Fill up here
In practice the minimum and maximum levels of humidity achievable in an incubator depend upon several factors including the
ambient conditions in the incubation room. You may need to allow 24 hours for humidity to fully stabilise after making changes.
If you cannot achieve the relative humidity level required consider these notes:
Humidity will not go low enough

Open the vent fully to help.

A lower limit will be determined by the moisture content of the ambient air, particularly in warm humid conditions. This can
only be countered by dehumidification of the room air outside the incubator with a proprietary dehumidifier but is rarely a
problem in practice.
HATCHING
In all cases the humidity for hatching needs to be
high. Because of the short duration involved
water/weight loss will not be significantly affected.
High humidity is necessary to prevent membranes
drying and hardening before the hatch fully emerges.
Humidity will naturally increase as the first eggs begin
to hatch and internal membranes begin to dry. This
effect is in addition to the increased area of water
evaporation from the water channels.
During hatching the high humidity levels will fall
dramatically when the lid is opened and will take
some time to build up. Resist the temptation to lift
the lid frequently – leave for at least 6 hours between
inspections.
Humidity will not go high enough

Close the vent to its minimum setting to help. Fit evaporating card strips available from Brinsea or your stockist.
Condensation
It is normal for some condensation to occur on the cooler exposed parts of the clear top. This natural phenomenon is not a hazard or a
problem for incubation but may indicate the room is cooler than optimum.
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7 EGGS
SETTING THE TURNING OPTIONS
STORING, SETTING AND TURNING EGGS
Ensure that you store eggs in cool, damp conditions. Most species may be safely stored for up to 14 days before serious reductions in
hatch rates are likely. Daily turning of stored eggs also helps maintain hatchability.
1.
Press the - and + buttons
simultaneously to unlock the
Main Menu.
2.
Press + to scroll to the TURN
0/1 option.
3.
4.
5.
Press OK to select the
turning mode screen and use
the + and – buttons to set to
ON or OFF as required.
Press OK to return to the
Main Menu. The TURN INT
option will now be displayed.
Press OK to select the turn
interval screen and use the +
and – buttons to set the
delay between turns in
minutes as required.
Discard cracked, mis-shaped and heavily soiled eggs (if possible). Only wash soiled eggs using a branded egg wash solution such as
Brinsea Incubation Disinfectant Concentrate following the manufacturer’s instructions. It is essential to wash eggs in solution which is
significantly warmer than the egg. Bear in mind that all solutions will remove the outer cuticle from the egg as well as the dirt and may
leave the egg at greater risk from bacterial contamination in the future.
The Ovation 56 Advance is designed to accommodate eggs of different sizes from pheasant to duck eggs or larger/ smaller eggs using
the alternative egg carrier.
Before setting eggs ensure that the incubator has been running for several hours and has stabilised at the correct temperature.
Set the eggs in the egg carriers provided. The eggs need to be set lying flat or with their pointed ends facing down. Switch the turning
system on. A revolving line symbol “/” should be shown in the corner of the display.
Check the water level every 2 days or so and temperature daily. Candle the eggs after 1/3rd of the incubation period has elapsed to
reject clear, infertile eggs. Remember to stop the turning 2 days before the eggs are due to hatch.
Pointed ends of eggs facing down
Press OK to return to the
Main Menu and then scroll
down to SAVE. Press OK to
save the changes.
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8 PERIODIC INCUBATION COOLING
SETTING THE COOLING PERIOD
The cooling function is not essential. It’s an optional
feature that may be adjusted for breeders wishing
to experiment. The factory default is set to “cooling
OFF”. Do not use before day 7 of incubation or
whilst hatching.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Press the - and + buttons
simultaneously to unlock the
Main Menu.
Press the + button to scroll to the
cooling option.
Press OK to select the cooling
screen. Use the + and – buttons to
select OFF or 10 to 360 minutes of
cooling.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON PERIODIC COOLING
The precise details of which days and what cooling period each day should be used for best effect are not known. Brinsea have assessed
the available research and suggest that poultry, water fowl and game bird eggs have a 30 minute daily cooling period from day 7
through to 2 days before eggs are due to hatch (the same point that automatic turning would normally be stopped).
COOLING IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR PARROTS AND BIRDS OF PREY BECAUSE THE RESULTS OF COOLING HAVEN’T YET BEEN
ESTABLISHED. For further details please visit the Brinsea website at www.brinsea.co.uk/cooling
HOW IT WORKS WITH YOUR INCUBATOR

The periodic cooling feature turns the incubator’s heater and low temperature alarm off for a selectable period but keeps the
fan running. After the cooling period is complete the incubator reverts to normal temperature and the alarm is automatically
reset.

Each cooling period starts at approximately the same time each day (24 hours between start times). The first cooling period
will start 24 hours after the incubator was last switched on. If there is a power interruption the 24 hour delay starts again.

During the cooling period the heater asterisk goes off and an arrow “↓” is displayed. When the cooling period ends the
asterisk is shown and the incubator warms to incubation temperature. The time taken to return to incubation temperature
depends on the room temperature and may take 30 or more minutes.
Press OK to accept the figure and
then scroll to SAVE and press OK
to save the changes.
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9 HATCHING & CLEANING UP
HATCHING
CLEANING UP
IMPORTANT:
DISCONNECT THE INCUBATOR FROM THE MAINS POWER SUPPLY DURING CLEANING.
1:
If hatching in the Ovation 56, remove the top,
take out the egg carriers and their link two days
before the hatch is due. Lay the eggs directly in the
base.
2: Put the top back on.
3: Turning must be switched to OFF in the control
menu.
ENSURE THAT ALL ELECTRICAL PARTS ARE KEPT DRY. DO NOT IMMERSE THE INCUBATOR TOP.
NEVER WASH THE BASE, EGG CARRIERS, COVERS OR CABINET PARTS IN LIQUIDS OVER 120°F (50°C). DO NOT USE A DISHWASHER TO
CLEAN ANY PARTS OF THE INCUBATOR.
Following each hatch in the Ovation 56 Advance remove and wash the egg carriers, link and base in Brinsea Incubation Disinfectant
Solution and then rinse thoroughly. Use a vacuum cleaner and soft brush to remove dust from the fan guard. Wipe all other internal
surfaces with a cloth made damp with the solution and then wipe off with a cloth made damp with clean water. Ensure that the
instructions supplied with the fluid are followed.
If a separate hatcher is used the procedure above should still be followed every two months.
Hatching humidity levels need to be high (see
section 6 above).
When most eggs have hatched (12 to 48 hours after
the first egg hatches) remove the hatchlings to a
brooder. The Brinsea EcoGlow 20 and 50 are ideal
for poultry and waterfowl etc. The Brinsea TLC-40
and TLC-50 Brooders are recommended for exotics.
During hatching the high humidity levels will fall
dramatically when the lid is lifted and will take some
time to build up. Resist the temptation to open the
incubator frequently – leave for at least 6 hours
between inspections.
The exterior of the incubator may be cleaned with a damp cloth. Avoid allowing any moisture to get inside electrical housings.
If after extended use more thorough cleaning within the top of the appliance is required, please visit www.brinsea.co.uk for information
on how this may be safely performed.
ALWAYS CLEAN THE INCUBATOR BEFORE STORAGE AND ENSURE THAT THE UNIT IS TOTALLY DRY INSIDE AND OUT. ALLOW IT TO RUN
FOR 24 HOURS WITH NO WATER IN TO ENSURE IT IS THOROUGHLY DRY.
TROUBLE-SHOOTING AND CALIBRATION
In case of failure first check that the mains power supply is working and that the mains cable connector is fully engaged in the socket on
the control enclosure.
The digital temperature and humidity display is individually calibrated during manufacture but may be re-calibrated if required. In the
unlikely event that your hatching success makes you doubt the temperature or humidity calibration of your machine please contact your
distributor or Brinsea directly at sales@brinsea.com for further information and advice.
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10 SPECIFICATIONS
OVATION 56 MAXIMUM SETTING CAPACITIES:
Egg size
Typical capacity
Quail
Pheasant
Hen
Duck
Goose
110
96
56
56
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Dimensions:
22.6” x 16.6” x 8.8”
583mm x 421mm x 223mm
Weight:
10lb 3oz (4.618 Kg)
7 hen eggs in hen egg carrier
22 quail eggs in optional large egg carrier
7 duck eggs in hen egg carrier
19 pheasant eggs in optional large egg carrier
Power Consumption:
Incubator maximum
(typical average)
115 Watts
60 Watts
Electrical Supply:
230v 50Hz or 115V 60Hz
(as ordered)
The large egg carriers are available from
brinsea.com or your local stockist (product code
AG011).
Brinsea Products Inc., 704 N Dixie Ave.,
Titusville, FL 32796-2017 USA.
Phone (321) 267-7009
Toll Free 1-888-667-7009
Fax (321) 267-6090
e-mail sales@brinsea.com
website www.brinsea.com
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