Hi folks. I thought I would join the session too!
I am a total noob and have never kept chickens before, nor hatched eggs.
I have made my own forced air incubator - although it is not as sophisticated as Brookhavens - no egg turning device. The temperature and humidty is very stable so I am very pleased with it - especially that it only cost me <USD$25 to make as I had most of the stuff lying around the house. The thermometer and hygrometer cost more than the incubator!
I have also made my own egg candler - which I used today for the second time, and just finished making the brooder (which looks like a coffin ).
I set my eggs on the 1st September : comprising 5 Barred Plymouth Rocks, 3 Golden Laced Wyanndottes, and 4 White Laced Wyanndottes. These were shipped through the post.
The candling I did this evening - shows that I have 8 chicks - the other 4 were infertile. So now I have 4 BPR, 1 GLW, and 3 SLW.
Counting the days!
Note: the demo egg on the candler is one from the fridge - not from my hatch.