Originally Posted by FlyWheel
I have a question about those pads, are they thermostaticaly regulated (in English: can you set the temperature)? How big are they?
And what exactly is a DH?
Looks like everyone has given you a lot of information. The heating pad I have is found here:http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008744QM4/ref=mp_s_a_1_2_a_it?qid=1459702135&sr=8-2&keywords=xpress+heating+pad&pi=SY200_QL40
this heating pad is wonderful for my five with plenty of room for more. I have it set to 6 currently, for the first week. I will pull it down once my Coccidiosis chick catches up a little. But typically people pull it down a setting every increment you would pull your bulb up. I will show you my set up, but there are hundreds on BYC. You can find the original thread under raising baby chickens, Mama Heating Pad in the brooder. The reason why I decided to go this way, I'm a first time Chicken Mama is because we are gone so much for work and also because the starter of three proved to me it does work. She lives in northern Wyoming and this pad worked through our very cold winters outside...it works. Plus it's more natural, my girls are asleep and in bed when the sun goes down, not a peep is heard until the sun rises again.
Our set up includes a frame of garden fencing wrapped with electrical tape where the edges are sharp, after DH(darling husband) folded the edges down with some needle nose pliers. The heating pad has been covered with Cling Wrap to keep it clean. And then I set towels on top of it also for cleanliness, the girls love sitting on top of MHP. Now a lot of people use shavings, I've had problems with Coccidiosis so I'm waiting until all stool is solid first, but planed on paper towels in the beginning so we didn't end up with any leg issues. Because the paper towels are thin I have used old dish towels in the MHP to raise the chicks up closer to the MHP. Two folded once works great, that way they can snuggle right up close. They way the frame is built it is more open on the front and shorter in the back so they can adjust how warm they need to be, a lot like broody Mama. Hope this helps, it does work. I had my reservations but my babies are all well, even through the Coccidiosis.