I have discovered an incubator that is not as common today as it was in the past. It was used back in the Roman days and probably befor. It requires no electricity, no thermometers. It runs by its self once set up. Set up is easy, takes little time and virtually no money. It is also self cleaning as it rids the area of the hatched and dirty shells shortly after the chicks have hatched. Although hatch rate is commonly 100% it will not hatch out as many eggs as modern incubators. It will however save time, money and afford as it doubles as a brooder and effetely cares for chicks until such time as they can care for them selves. Brooder rate is also around 100%. The space needed is minimal as I said.. it will not hatch out 50, 100 or 1000 eggs, it tops out at 25 and that could be pushing it depending on your model. Although this style of incubator has been in use for thousands of years, strangely enough you will find articles about how to use them and frequently find questions about them on message boards and in poultry magazines. For some reason we as humans are still trying to figure out how to use this self contained incubator and brooder. If you would like to try this ancient method of hatching and brooding.. here are the details for set up. Model: Hen Brands I have personally found to work best Cochin ( any model) Partridge (Any model) Silkie ( Top of the line, any Model) Orpingtons (any model) Im sure there are others I have left out, however these I have tried and found to work rather well. Set up instructions: When a "hen" is still in the egg laying area at night she was in during the day, your "incubation period" has started. Remove that hen and eggs at night into a place that they can have peace for about 30 days. I use cat/small dog carriers. Close them in at night, open this during the day. Supply local food and water. Chances are the "hen" won't need it, however have it there close for her. The further she needs to go for food and water, the better your chances are of her forgetting where she came from. Once hatched supply safety, feed and water for 30 days to "hen" and chicks. They don't need much. The less you give the better they will do. I have no idea why this method is loosing interest with poultry breeders.. however it is still my method of choice. I do run a incubator however my "hen" brand battor always comes though the best. Why I spent 150.00 on a battor with an egg turner etc, the electricity to run it, and then I have to brood the chicks ... well.. I have no idea.. Honestly I have a pet carrier on my dresser in my bedroom with a broody who hatched 100% right next to the battor that may hatch 80%.. She will go out in the yard tomorrow and a new hen will come into my home, my bedroom so that I can enjoy the one thing a incubator can't give... I can witness the bonding, love and connection of mother and chicks. I can hear her cluck as each new chick hatches, see the chicks interact, and understand all over again why animals touch my heart so dearly. When even a chicken can care for her young in such a way, how can I not be moved? No incubator can remind me of what its all about like a "hen" can. My next Bator hatch comes 5 days before I have to leave town. My neighbor will care for the battor and get all the hatch but 4, those will live in my bra so I can have the 4 special chicks with me. My Cuckoo silkies. The "hen" however will do just fine while Im gone and none of her chicks will have to worry about me rolling over in my sleep. Its great to be a woman.. thank the Lord for Cross your heart.. as I will be for 4 nights hoping I don't smush the little guys. Don't laugh.. but the reason Im stuffing my bra with eggs is because Im going to the city.. yes.. its true.. you can take the chick out of the country.. but you can't take the county out of your bra.