OK- so my DH and I made our afternoon "date" about making Miss Prissy's Bator. The thing we had the most trouble with you ask?... pulling apart that pesky lamp to get the light bulb parts! The only thing we purchased was the $8 water thermostat. We do still need to get some small mesh to lay in for the last 3 days so the chicks don't fall through! Ended up subbing my plastic tupperware dish for the black meat carton because when I cut down the carton down it was just too flimsy. The current rack is from our toaster oven, the box from Cheesecake Factory delivery at Christmas (thank you MIL), the little fan from an old external hard drive box, the lamp was shade-less and I don't know where to put it anyway, and purchased the temp/humidity gage from WalMart for $7. I am going to make an at-home water wiggler to use with the temp for a bit to get it zero'd in more on the right temp of 99/100 internal temp. Right now we have surface air at 104- so a bit of tweaking to do... but not much! Plus- the 2" styro carton holds that temp a LONG time. Good to know. Also working on the humidity. Out here in Colorado it's dry dry dry... so that might make tweakinga bit more difficult. Heard someone in Arizona say that 60%-70% in their bator for the first 18 days worked best due to the lack of outdoor humidity. Anyone else want to pipe in on that, ,let me know.