Originally Posted by Blooie
Did you guys know that a feed store is using Mama Heating Pad for the chicks they are selling? It's Urban Chicken in Raleigh, NC. Pretty doggone cool, huh? Also I talked about this system with one of people at My Pet Chicken when I ordered my hatching eggs. It wasn't Alex, who is on here quite a bit, but someone else and I can't remember his name. Anyway, we were settling on a delivery date and I told him as late in March as possible, because I brood my chicks outdoors and we are in unpredictable Wyoming. He asked a ton of questions about it and I told him about the thread. Next thing I knew I was here on the thread and saw MyPetChicken in the little box that tells which members are visiting. I thought that was kinda cool~
I went to Urban Chicken's page but didn't find anything related to MHP. How did you find out they are (wisely) using MHP instead of heat lamps?
Originally Posted by Fire Ant Farm
You know, I have both sizes of the Brinsea brooder. It is certainly better than the heat lamp (I remain convinced that the reason why I lost several of my first batch of chicks was my inability to keep the temp from going too hot early on - and they were WIRED from the light being on all the time).
However, I have watched three subsequent batches carefully, and honestly, they don't really seem to find the Brinsea brooders very... well, comforting. They seem to only use them when they really "have" to and prefer to avoid it (even when a little chilly).
So, I'm doing my first hatch from eggs, and I'm ordering a heating pad or two and setting up a MHP in the brooder. I suspect it'll be better than the Brinsea.
(Anyone care to save me some fretting and drama and re-post a link to the correct ones without auto-shut-off, turn on after power loss, etc.? Amazon would be great, as I have AmazonPrime, thanks to my EXCELLENT brother's Christmas gift...)
- Ant Farm
OR, to be really scientific about it, you could put BOTH a MHP and a Brinsea in the brooder and see what happens.
- Maybe they all use one or the other
- Maybe some use one and some use the other
- Maybe the chicks use both at one time or another and don't have a preference
- Maybe I am overthinking it
I'm sure the Brinsea is the preferred choice for nervous chicken owners that figure they need a commercially made product. For the even slightly handy person who watches their wallet, MHP is a clear choice. Given a new heat lamp and reflector can run not much less than, if not MORE than, a heating pad, there isn't a financial incentive to use a heat lamp.