I have looooong drooled over the possibility of building my own bator with the kids and watching some chicks hatch. I have seen some really terrific posts and lots of wisdom shared. Undoubtably, sharing the same stuff a million times gets old and I would love to see a bunch of that wisdom in an easy to find place. Whether it is a sticky or someones BYC page, I would love it if all of you bator builders would contribute pictures, instructions and just plain old-fashioned wisdom on the topic of building bators. To start with, here are some words of wisdom I gleaned from Speckled Hen and Daveroo: 1. Heat should come from above the egg. It makes it easier to regulate the temp and the embryos use it as part of their "which-way-is-up" orientation at hatch time. 2. Deflector should be placed in front of the bulb so it isn't intensely hot on that side 3. Place fan so it blows accross the bulb to disperse heat. 4. WindyOaksYokes had a great post written with her husband's help on why you put a hot water heater type thermostat on a metal junction box before attaching it to the wall of your bator--keeps the temps more stable. Here is the link https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=89521 Please add anything you can (pictures too) that might help future bator builders and let's see if we can get some of this stuff posted in a central location...360+ pages of posts is a lot to wade through. Can't wait to hear what ya'll have to add.