Folks : I just have to share this with you. Having used many incubators over the past 50 years, I have settled this issue of the following questions, asked over and over again. QUESTION ANSWER 1. What is the best incubator? Mother Hen 2. Which one has the best hatch rate? Mother Hen 3. Which one hatches at least cost? Mother Hen 4. Which one is cheapest? Mother Hen 5. Then why do we use incubators? Good question. Not sure. I did some calculating to see why we might use an incubator. Probably less fun to use a hen, but the following is what I came up with. Incubators are only part of the process of hatching eggs, They need power to run, and human labor to look over them. The only thing they do is hatch eggs. Plus you have to buy them, or make them. Chicks hatch but the incubator backs off to rearing them. Hens are independent and lay the eggs after exposing their good looks to a rooster. Then they sit on their eggs and come out in 3 weeks with a brood. They take to feeding them, on free range so costs to feed them is very minimal. No labor for me yet. In the fall we are presented with a nice batch of young chickens. Winter comes and mother hen gets back to supplying eggs for winter and next year. YES NO Cost per chick ? No able to figure it out as I failed in math.