It can be ugly, beat up, homemade as long as it works (and works pretty well). I am looking for one to use with my kids. I looked at the instructions to make one and I am really not that talented. We need to get a few more chickens, but I would really rather show them the whole process rather than just buying chicks. It needs to work pretty well because I don't want traumatized kids. It does need to be cheap (sorry) because I can't spend a lot on something to use just once a year. An automatic turner would be nice but that is just a dream LOL Just something basic and working will be fine.