Okay gang! We are buying an incubator for the first time and need to get the skinny on using one so we dont fail in the process. We both know that there are umpteen million different brands and do it yourself makes out there to be used. Depending on how many eggs you wish to hatch, there is pretty much something out there for everyone. We found that the review section of product listings and on the BYC forum people had mixed concerns and issues regardless of the product uses or cost coming from those that have used them. Tons of love, like, and dont like or hate it being displayed. Finding a "Set it and forget it" model was all we thought was needed to hatch eggs! Ha Ha! Even a model with all the bells and whistles has work and possible updates and changes needed done to the unit to get it functioning properly. More complex than we anticipated! A good broody hen can make life so much easier. I think we have found a model that is as close to the "Set it and forget it " mode and at a reasonable cost for what it offers feature wise. That being said, there are guidelines for hatching eggs that are a must for good success. These are what we need to learn and need input on! Thermometer and heat settings coupled with humidity and hygrometers, egg turning and so much more are just a few things an incubator has the ability to do if you acquired it with those features and functions. Everything kaput if these dont function properly! Check, check, and recheck. I pose the question of just what is the proper heat setting, the right humiduty, and how often do you turn eggs? What else is needed besides patience?