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Am trying the "mama heating pad" brooding method for the first time. Is it safe to leave a heating pad on for that long, and have it contacting metal (the wire frame to hold the pad in a cave shape)? Was reading about the dangers of heating pads and read some pretty scary stuff. Would rather not have my house burn down.

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I've been using one now for several days and I've used it before and haven't had any problems.  

 

I made a small cover out of hardware cloth that I then cover with an old clean towel.  I bent two sides of the wire down and left the front and back open.  It's about 4 inches high, 10 inches wide and about 12 inches long.  We had lots of small pieces leftover from when we made our first coop.  It makes a nice warm place for them to sleep and keep warm.

 

I have mine set up in our bathtub right now.  Our toy fox terrier is litter box trained so I use her pee pads to line the tub and to cover the heating pad.  As the pads get dirty I just fold it up and have another under it ready to go.  I've also got the pads under their little waterer and feeder.  It makes for easy clean up.  

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post #3 of 8

I made one and the chicks would not go in it.  They only sat on top of it.  Not sure if it will still work.

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Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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I guess mine go in because the heating pad is under it and it's warm.  Also, mine are just two days old and I put them under it after I got them out of the incubator.

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post #5 of 8
Ok maybe I'll try that. I put the pad on top thinking it would keep the cold out like momma.

Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


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Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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post #6 of 8

I have a cat that sits on one in the mud room all winter.

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I have a cat that sits on one in the mud room all winter.
Haha that sounds just like a cat smile.png

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My cat is 19, I know why in Pokemon, the call the cat "meowth."

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