After a fox attack I found myself with an empty coop and decided to hatch out a new brood. As a first timer to incubating, I would never have found the information that I needed if it wasn't for BYC! All of your hatching stories and pictures gave me the crazy idea that I could do it myself. This is the story of how I set about it.
To match the hen house, the incubator would have to be built from scroungeable trash and stuff lying around the house. Fortunately there are always lots of things lying round the house because I hoard junk and never put anything away. I spent a good while thinking about what design to use. I settled on a polystyrene forced-air incubator heated by 12 V halogen bulbs governed by an electronic thermostat, as advertised by http://www.homemadeincubator.co.uk/ and partially reverse engineered by "Daemo". I was also inspired by the GopherBator for its use of improvised materials and the sense that making it was a lot of fun.