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When do they stop using the heating pad?

post #1 of 4
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This is my first time raising chicks and I'm using the mama heating pad method. Love it! However, my chicks are now 3 weeks old and the largest one (a black cornish) screams at night that she is cold and I have to turn up the pad to the highest setting again (I turn it down a couple notches during the day) before she quiets down. They no longer get under but all like to lay on top of it at night. I'm in Arizona and I don't have the air conditioning on yet- but it's around 80 degrees here in the house. They are also in the house. At what point do they start weening themselves off of the heating pad? I thought the heating pad would be down a few notches by now. Or do I just have some super spoiled chickens? lol

post #2 of 4

80F should be more than warm enough for 3 week old chicks. Perhaps raise the blanket so they can fit under it again.

You can set it up on wood or bricks so they have more space.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 5/17/16 at 8:59am

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 4

They probably no longer need the heat at all. I'd remove the pad cave entirely and replace it with a cardboard 'huddle box'. She may be objecting to no longer feeling the security of the cave, rather than the temperature.

post #4 of 4

That plus lights out time usually have them complaining for a bit.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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