*AHEM* Hello. My name is Lauren and I am a hatching addict. I know that I am not alone on these boards. Many of you know my suffering, as you are experiencing it, yourselves. Be not afriad...join this thread! Together, we can help *cough*enable*cough cough* one another navigate the complexities of "need versus want", the validation of incubator procurement, the intricacies of set-up and hatching methods, and the stresses, joys, and heartache of the hatching process. Perhaps you are not sure if this thread applies to you. Only you can know for certain. Perhaps you are sitting there saying, "No, Lauren. No, I am not an addict! I can quit anytime I want!" Those, my dear friends, are the words of a hatchaholic. I know...I've said them. Perhaps you are daydreaming of that shiny new Brinsea or King Suro 20 incubator. You might even have printed Wish Lists left in strategic places for friends and family to find! Maybe you bought it in September, for "Christmas", and have been dusting the thing for the last three weeks, as it is a focal point in your living room. You belong here. Perhaps you are new to this whole hatching business, but can see it going downhill quickly from here. You simply have insight and that's OK! Welcome! You might have even posted the following to one of my posts: "Top ten reasons to open the box before Christmas: 10. Need to read the instruction manual more than once so that when the time comes I will know how to use the bator. 9. Need to send that warrantee card in so it is covered. 8. Need to make sure all the parts are there so if something is missing you can contact the company right away. 7. Need to make sure that nothing got damaged in the shipping process. 6. Need to assemble it and make sure everything is working properly. 5. Need to "just look at it" and think about the chicks you are going to hatch "next year". 4. Need to keep it running for a while to make sure that it keeps working properly. 3. Need to put some eggs in it just to make sure that they will fit. 2. Need to leave the eggs in it to make sure that the auto turner is working properly. 1. Ah heck, the bator is on, the eggs are in it, might as well just let it run and hatch some chicks! That way you know that it will work properly "next year" when you want to hatch some chicks!" That's right, dsqard, I'm looking at you! Whatever your reasons, you have a place here and people who understand! TOGETHER WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS!!!