I am sorely tempted to try hatching as a means to get the rare breeds that I am interested in, and to be able to further my flock in the future (once I have discovered what my favorite breed is and aquire good stock). I am terrified of the chicken math that might follow, but still willing to go there. I can tell by reading these posts that those who do it feel it is fun, worthwhile, and clearly addicting . So here are my questions. I am pretty sure I would like to try it (for all the obvious reasons and so my DD can have the experience of hatching her own chickens), but should I attempt to make my own incubator or buy one? As to buying an incubator: Considering that I would probably only hatch a few times a year (unless I decide to do hatches for meat birds), I would rather not spend a lot to do this. Are the lower end incubators worth buying (still air models look like they run less than 100). How important is it to have one that regulates temperature? Humidity? That have a fan? Auto turning? As to building my own: I have most of what I think I would need to build one (scrap cabinets and coolers, computer fans, old lamps, power adapters, etc (my DH saves everything). I would rate myself as DIY medium. Power tools, ok, basic repairs, ok, small building projects, ok, and I can wire a lamp, but I am not sure about an incubator. I am only just beginning to understand how they work. I can't seem to figure out how you do the lamp to thermostat to power source wiring. The fan seems straight forward, the humidity source and egg tray also straight forward. Should I give it a shot given that most of the supplies are just "spare" stuff anyway? Is the hatch rate significantly different between a newbie using a ready made and a newbie using one they made? Does making your own help you to understand the hatching process? Should I forget hatching and just order day old chicks from those of you who do it all the time? I would appreciate any of your thoughts your experience or ideas that you might have to assist me in making a decision on this.