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Mama heating pad fail

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So I took the advice of the folks in the thread and decided to build a mama heating pad for my brooder.  I set it up and turned off the heat lamp which immediately lead to them huddling together OUTSIDE of the "cave" and started chirping like crazy.  So I turned the lamp back on with the new infrared bulb I bought and they ended up like this.  Is this normal for introduction to this new heating pad system, or is there something wrong with the setup?  I really want to get away from the heat lamp setup if possible, but it doesn't appear to be working on for me just yet.  Also, notice how high I have my lamp compared to the thermometer.  It's still reading above 100 degrees, but the chicks appear to be happy with the setup.  Should I keep messing with it, or are they fine?

 

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Here is my thoughts.. 

Get a smaller wattage bulb, or a dimmer switch.    Place lower,   and maintain your desired temperature.    Keep it at one end of the brooder. Place the heating pad at the  other end of the brooder.    Let chicks find their comfort level zone.   It is good to have a cool zone in your brooder so chicks can go there if they feel too hot. 

WISHING YOU BEST and :welcome

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I have had good luck even starting one week olds to mama heating pad,no heat lamp,let your cave get good and warm then place all chicks in it hold your hand over entrance for a minute they will soon learn this is the warm secure area, good luck keep trying they will get it and no worries from a heat lamp disaster.
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I set my 3-4 week old chicks up outside last night with a MHP made from a hard plastic lectro-kennel pad. You do have to teach them about it. Mine involved picking up each and every chick, putting them under MHP, blocking their exit, and counting to 5 before removing my hand. Chicks/chickens don't particularly like new things, so they had to actually feel the warmth before they stopped trying to flee.
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