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post #11 of 18

Or:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

 

Teehee

post #12 of 18

Blooie strikes again! She's everywhere!:highfive:

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Why yes she is, ain't it grand???

 

 

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Thank you so much! I am going to strongly consider both these recommendations. Do you feel like outdoor brooding can result in the same level of acclimation to people? Above all things, these are planned to be family pets. We planned on lots of gentle handling during those weeks. Thoughts?

 

I can tell you that brooding with a heating pad will result in chicks that are far more socialized than chicks brooded with a heat lamp.  IMO, this socialization  includes the chick to chick and chick to human socialization.  Simply put, heating pad brooded chicks are not subject to the 24/7 harsh light (even with a red bulb) of a heat lamp.  they have natural day/night cycles, and the sense of security they must get from crawling into a warm secluded dark place, (kind of like crawling under the feathers of a broody hen) must give them more confidence at an early age.  Chicks under the heating pad make a happy little trilling sound when they are putting themselves to sleep at night.  I've NEVER heard that sound in chicks that are heat lamp brooded.  IMO outdoor brooding will result in chicks that are much more in tune with their environment.  Instead of viewing life from inside a box, they get to see the world.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much! I ordered my.sunbeam pad and it will arrive tomorrow. Chicks still have a couple weeks to come but id like to be able to construct the cave and test out the tempt before their arrival. Will any thermometer do?...do people have some that they prefer? Also...will hardware wire be firm enough to form the cave or should i find something stronger?
post #15 of 18

Welcome to the Broody Brigade!  A few folks have been using hardware cloth successfully, but I prefer a scrap of sturdier fencing because of how active they are on top of it.  As for thermometers, the ones I prefer are fluffy and make lots of noise!  I don't use one, you see.  I just go by the chicks' behavior.  If they won't go under it at all, but huddle in corner away from it, I know it's probably too warm under there and turn it down or raise the frame slightly.  You'll know the difference between contented, active cheeping and distressed cheeping!

post #16 of 18

I use two by four-inch field fencing for my MHP frame. It's heavier than either conventional poultry fencing or hardware cloth. Also I bungie the pad to the underside of the frame instead of strapping it to the top. That way the metal fencing isn't exposed to the chicks.

 

When I have my six-setting Sun Beam pad on its highest setting, the temp reads 85F under the pad. That's about average, but when chicks are pressing their backs against the pad, they will derive a much higher heat result, probably closer to 100. That's why you want to squish the frame down low, about the height of new chicks during that first week when their heat needs are highest.

post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much everyone! Ive started a new post in this forum asking for critique on my heating pad system please feel free to leave your thoughts!
post #18 of 18

Blooie- I am also in Mass. My buffs will arrive on March 15th. I got the premier 1 heating plate. Could I just brood them outside in their coop (I have no other chickens) with the plate instead of a mama heating pad? What are your thoughts?

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