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My 8 chicks will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and have been under the 250w red heat lamp since they arrived. I've adjusted the temp down each week as I've read and they're all doing great. 

 

I was looking at the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder and wondered about buying one for them and any future broods. Would it be difficult for the chicks to move from a heat lamp to the Ecoglow?

 

The days are about to get warm here but the nights are still cool and I don't want them to get cold. 

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They'll do fine.  I started my current batch in a 'mama heating pad' because of all the hype here - for a personal experiment really.  Didn't like it and ordered an ecoglow 20.  I transitioned the chicks to a red lamp I had laying around until the ecoglow arrived (2 day amazon).  I've used all 3 since then because I had chicks coming in from different places at different times.  I liked the heating pad for older chicks near the end of their time under heat.  Overall, I favor the Brinsea.  Heating pad and lamp are a toss-up for me.  Reliability of the lamp v/s the safety of the heating pad (against theoretical fire and such)...

 

If you're planning future broods, I'd recommend the ecoglow...

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I use "mama heating pad" but have it set up so it it attached to a flat board that is then suspended above the brooder...so it basically works like the EcoGlow without legs.

When you first put it into the brooder or coop, shove a chick or two underneath it and block their exit with your hands for about 10 seconds or so. Chick(en)s don't like new things so their instinct will be to shoot out from under it, but once their backs are touching the warm and it penetrates so they feel it, usually they will relax and stop trying to escape. Then you can start adding the rest of the chicks underneath it. I find that once I have a few contented chicks underneath my MHP, all I have to do with the rest of the chicks is set them near the pad one by one facing so they can see their happy buddies and they scoot right under it themselves.
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Manufacturer instructions and warnings are sometimes so over the top as to almost recommend not using the product at all, just to avoid customer lawsuits due to misuse. Heat plates are inherently safe around combustibles, as are heating pads, but I would imagine that someone could so badly misuse either and end up causing a fire. You know how some people like to push things to see what will happen.

 

To be effective, especially during the first week when heat needs are greatest, the chicks must be able to come into close contact with the heating surface. This is how a broody hen's body works to heat chicks. She transfers her body heat directly to the chicks.

 

Therefore, the surface needs to be very low in relation to the bedding at first, about two to four inches. Placing the height at six inches isn't going to get the job done.

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My 8 chicks will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and have been under the 250w red heat lamp since they arrived. I've adjusted the temp down each week as I've read and they're all doing great. 

 

I was looking at the Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder and wondered about buying one for them and any future broods. Would it be difficult for the chicks to move from a heat lamp to the Ecoglow?

 

The days are about to get warm here but the nights are still cool and I don't want them to get cold. 

Welcome to BYC!

 

I love my EcoGlow brooders! Read the spec on them, 'cause I'm not sure how effective they are in colder temps.

 

-Kathy

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