Hope this is appropriate for this thread:
As I am getting closer to hatch date, I am re-evaluating using a heat lamp in my brooder (I stopped using them in coops a long time ago and not sure why I thought they were safe to use for brooders-anyhow moving along...).
I am seeking input to see if there are any less expensive alternatives to the Brinsea that I can purchase (No time to make a homemade setup)?
I was looking into the Premier Heat Plate and read lots of good things. However, I am looking at possibly 28 chicks and the small unit says it works for 20. The larger wont really fit in my current brooder....and I am crossing my fingers I sell the chicks pretty quickly after hatch.
Any input is appreciated.
You can make one quickly with a heating pad. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update/0_100