Good to know. I'll keep throwing bits in! Also, I think it was you who recommended the heating pad cave as opposed to the heat lamp... THANK YOU! Much happier chicks, and MUCH happier mama! The chicks were afraid of the dark the first night and chirped for quite a while before settling down. Now, when the lights go out they chatter for a few minutes then are perfectly silent until the lights go on in the morning. Added bonus, I'm not worrying about my house catching fire all night.
We used a heat lamp for this first time. We hung it from a chain from a hook in the ceiling and didn't put it too close. No thermometer , I adjusted it by chicks' behavior. It felt very safe. BUT, I didn't like that the chicks were exposed to light 24/7 for the first weeks. They are 3 weeks now and we just turned it off, but it was very high the past few days. Next time I'd love to try the heating pad/cave so I'll have to find where it's discussed. :-)