Note to MOD: please place this thread in the correct forum (maybe Pictures & Stories of My Chickens, im not sure) This thread is more for my own records and so the people who are raising my crosses can compare notes. However, if someone else accidentally learns something from this thread, then all the better. So here's the story. I had a beautiful blue Wyandotte rooster who mated almost every hen in my mixed flock of 12, so I decided to make some chicks. I went down to my friendly local feed store and they just happened to be having a sale on incubators, so I snagged a Hova-Bator 2362E and an egg turner. This is not meant to be a 'bator review thread, but I will say that I am quite pleased with it. In retrospect, I wish I had opted for the 12v DC genesis model instead of the AC 120v model, because power outages are common where I live. In any case, I ended up with a 90% hatch rate on my first go. I had expected a very low hatch rate, since it was my first try, so I stacked the bator full of eggs. I put 40 eggs in, expecting to get maybe 8 or 10 chicks, if I was lucky. It was the usual first go 'round, checking the temperature every few hours and candling the eggs almost every night. After the first week, everything seemed on track and I was looking forward to raising my new chicks. About this time, I found out that due to circumstances beyond my control, I needed to move soon. As one might expect, I panicked and started to downsize my flock immediately. I quickly sold my rooster and three of my hens. The hatch was 2 days earlier than expected, and as more and more chicks kept popping out of shells I became worried about what I would do with them all. Thankfully I was able to find good homes for the chicks thru craigslist, thanks Craig. I ended up with 33 healthy chicks that hatched, 4 chicks that were full term but did not hatch, 2 eggs that were infertile and 1 egg that was full term and probably would have hatched but I dropped it while I was candling it. So out of 37 eggs, I got 33 chicks; for all you math wizards that is actually 89.189% hatch rate, but I'm calling it 90% because if I hadn't accidentally dropped that full term egg the hatch rate would be almost 92%. I must say that I am impressed with these results for my first go, therefore I can give the HovaBator my coveted stamp of approval. There is only one requirement to earn my stamp of approval, and it is this: "It just has to work". Sounds simple, right? It JUST has to work. Not hard, no frills needed. But, it just HAS to work. All the time, Every time, no exceptions. And, It just has to WORK. I mean, like put in WORK; real work, it has to keep up with me. If it meets these qualifications, I give it my stamp of approval, which means that I would be willing to purchase another one without hesitation. Few products on this earth have earned my stamp of approval, and this is one of them. Good job HovaBator. Now, I know that I have only used it once successfully; and once is an accident, twice is a fluke, but thrice is a pattern. I hope to use this 'bator for quite some time. If at any point it stops performing to my expectations, I will modify my review to reflect that.