which often gets me into trouble! I know, I've been gone from here for WAY too long, which maybe why I am getting the chicken fever again! Plus, they had cute little fluffy butts at TSC yesterday, and I found myself longing for some of my own again The grown hens just don't satisfy my need for fluffy cuteness! Here's the deal though...DH said NO MORE NEW CHICKENS this year...I am however allowed to hatch my own (he I am sure thinks it won't work or it will work poorly). SOOOO......tell me about incubating I've read all I can online, and here's my dilemmas...... 1) Do I buy an incubator OR make my own? 2) For those that have purchased (think medium-ish batch sized - a dozen to 3 dozen max at one time) WHICH WOULD YOU RECOMMEND? 3) For those who have made their own FOLLOWING PLANS FROM THIS SITE, what worked for you? I've got a couple I am eye balling in each group, but figured I'd at least ask.....keep in mind I am relatively crafty and clever (if I do say so myself) but want the easiest, yet reliable set up, I can make. 4) Any pointers you can give help a bunch! I'm nervous that I will botch something and end up with exploding eggs or a 'bator full of duds....I've got the "first time jitters" a little bit...all shaky and excited just thinking about it!