I've been keeping a basic barnyard flock of mutts this past year to see if we liked chicken keeping (we love it!) and to learn about them (who knew they could be so varied and have such personalities!?). In 2016, I plan to choose a quality heritage breed trio and seek to improve my flock as I go. 2016, then, will be about hatching out as many eggs from my trio as possible to get my numbers up. I'm thinking (conservatively) that if I can gather 5 eggs per hen per week, I'd want to set about a dozen eggs per week. So, I'm going to have low volume weekly, but every egg counts, so I want a high hatch rate. I am not totally strapped for cash, and as I understand the hatching process, I'd probably do best with a series of smaller incubators (like, 3 of them) and then maybe a still-air Hovabator to use solely for lock downs/hatching than to get (or fabricate) a larger, cabinate model. I am generally at home, and have a place where I can place the units in a room that will have constant air temps (barring a power outage). So much for my logic. Now: my question: I read so much about the poor quality of Styrofoam models, vis a vis my desire for high hatch rates that I am tempted to spend practically double for Brinsea. However, three of the most basic, 20-egg models approaches $500, without automatic turning. Are the cheaper Hovabator or Farm Innovation models really a bad investment for me, or not?