Because I have zero knowledge about incubators and hatching chicks, I decided to get an incubator that is easy to use and requires very little from me. After doing research online and asking around, I decided on the RCom 20 which is supposed to do it all for me. Unfortunately no one told me I had to assemble it.
The first warning sign came when I opened the box. You know you're in trouble when this is on the box.
The beginning of life affection. Obviously this is not made in America. I remained hopeful though that the instructions would be complete and comprehensive. NOT! They were in English but the words didn't go together and many things were just plain wrong. Even I knew that you do not TIGHTEN THE VOLT as it encouraged me to do twice. Unfortunately many parts were not addressed in the pitiful manual so when I actually translated and accomplished what I could out of the instructions, there remained a pile of things that I didn't know what to do with. Luckily I found some videos online that had no words but did show someone assembling it and I figured it out from there.
My first batch of eggs arrived yesterday and they are now safely in the incubator. Eight little frizzle eggs. In 21 days, we hopefully will have a few chicks peeping and peeking out of their shells.
In the meantime, I just need to make sure the incubator stays on (Please, impending ice storm, do not make me lose power!), make sure the pump keeps operating for humidity, and make sure neither of my children decide to see what's in the eggs. Since this is my first attempt at hatching, I'm prepared for the disappointment of no chicks hatching but I'm also hoping I'm wrong! We should start hearing some peeping around day 19 or 20. I'll keep everyone posted!