Hi all, I have never hatched an egg. The little Styrofoam 'bator with a couple quail eggs for $20.00 when I was 12 didn't hatch and I have just ordered day old chicks ever since. But now I am looking into quail and small quantities of chicks aren't available from commercial hatcheries. (I do have an ad posted here on BYC) It looks like most people are keeping their flock managed by buying small quantities of eggs and incubating them themselves. I have one of these: Well, I had that one. I sold it but I have another that is missing a leg and some of the heater parts. I am thinking that it is best left as a nice collector's piece in my barn. What would be a good starter unit as in reliability, cost, and consistency in hatching? Oh, BTW. It is I know someone will/would ask.