Magicfly Digital Mini Egg Incubator Review
The Magicfly Digital Mini is a small egg incubator for a nice price. Magicfly offers a wide range of products that are priced cheaply and is one of the most popular sellers of incubation related products. If you’re looking for a comparison of the best egg incubators including this one, we got you covered as well.
Magicfly Digital Mini capacity
The Magicfly Digital Mini holds up to 12 chicken eggs according to the spec. The eggs have to be a bit small for that, though. If your eggs are large or extra large, you may only be able to fit in 8-10 eggs at a time. Luckily, the dividers in the turner are fully adjustable, which allows you to fit in both larger and smaller eggs without any trouble. Even peahens eggs fit, although not more than 2 at a time.
When it comes to the lockdown period, it may get very crowded depending on the chick sizes. Also there is an issue with visibility which I’ll discuss further in the design section.
Magicfly Digital Mini temperature
The temperature control of the Digital Mini works just fine. For some reason the temperature is only shown in degree Celsius, which may be a bit annoying to work with. The thermometer itself is accurate and the incubator keeps the temperature well. There were no drops in temperature, and the egg incubator works as expected.
A forced air vent is included for air circulation, so it isn’t a still air incubator. This helps prevent certain cold spots in the incubator. Still air incubators can sometimes have internal temperature differences of up to five degrees, which may harm or even kill the eggs.
Sadly enough there is no automatic cooling feature implemented, something that some of its direct competitors do have. See for example my Brinsea Advanced Mini Egg Incubator review. regular cooling can help improve hatch rates according to research, and is very worthwhile to try out if you are a regular chicken breeder.
Magicfly Digital Mini humidity
To start with the bad news, there is no humidity sensor included. You’ll need to either buy your own hygrometer and regularly measure the humidity, or incubate the eggs blindly. Depending on your local climate and chicken breed, the latter option may work out just fine. Another option is to candle your eggs more regularly, and adjust the humidity based on that.
The good news is that adding water to the incubator is very simple. You can add water to some of the grids and not to others, which allows you greater control over the level of humidity. However, despite the grids keeping the level of humidity constant can be quite a challenge. This once again highly depends on your local climate of course.
If you are breeding eggs that are more vulnerable to changes in humidity you will need to be extra careful.
Magicfly Digital Mini automation
The Magicfly Digital Mini includes an automatic turning feature, and is advertised to work fully automatically. This is mostly correct. The turning works great and the temperature control is accurate. Overall, if your local climate allows you to let the humidity be for a few days without any issues, then the Digital mini egg incubator is indeed fully automatic.
However, if you aren’t as lucky, and if you live in a very humid or very dry area, you will need to check the humidity regularly. And adjust the amount of water if necessary. This can be done in three minutes so it isn’t too bad.
Magicfly Digital Mini power consumption
The Magicfly Digital Mini egg incubator uses up to 60 Watt, although the average seems to be significantly less. This still makes the Digital Mini egg incubator one of the least efficient incubators. Taking average US energy prices, the Digital Mini will use $1-3 worth of electricity more per incubation than for example the Brinsea Mini Advance.
Furthermore, it uses a 110-120V / 50Hz power supply, with the cable and US plug included.
Magicfly Digital Mini design
The Magicfly Digital Mini feels a bit cheap, mainly due to the plastic it is made of. The plastic is partially see through, which allows you to see the eggs a bit. During the lockdown period you can see which eggs have hatched yet and which haven’t. However, if there is any kind of condense forming inside of the egg incubator then you may not see anything at all. Removing the condense requires you to open the incubator, which you shouldn’t do during the lockdown phase. Whether condense forms or not is highly dependent on both your local climate and the level of humidity you use in your incubator.
One of the upsides is that the incubator makes no noise at all. Despite having an air fan the Magicfly Digital Mini is dead silent. So if you’re worried about noise the Digital Mini is a great choice.
Key spec overview
- Capacity: 8-12 hen, duck, or parrot eggs. 12+ quail or pheasant eggs
- Size: 14 x 7.5 x 7 inch
- Weight: 4 pounds
- Humidity control: easy to work with but no humidity sensor
- Temperature control: accurate, no cooling option
- Power consumption: 40 watt average, 60 watt peak
- Material: PC and ABS, feels a bit cheap
Overall the Magicfly Digital Mini Egg Incubator is a solid incubator for its size and price. It can run fully automatically given the right circumstances and requires very little time to take care of. The hatch rates are a bit of a hit / miss, with some backyard chicken farmers reporting terrible hatch rates and others amazing hatch rates. This has most likely to do with the humidity control, as being in a bad area without focusing on humidity all the time will cause the hatch rate to drop significantly. The average hatch rate seems to be about 80% which is still very decent.
Compared to its most popular competitor, the Brinsea Mini Advance (Amazon link), the Digital Mini is the worse of the two. The increased power consumption, the lack of a clear view of the eggs, and the lack of an automated cooling option make it a significantly worse product. However, with the Digital Mini being only about half the price (Amazon link) it can still be a very good deal for the budget backyard chicken farmer.
Lastly, occasionally you can find the same device under a different brand name. Sometimes this can save you a few bucks, check for example the Yosoo Automatic Egg Incubator (Amazon link) and this unbranded incubator (Amazon link).