So...first time I've posted on this thread, found it yesterday and thought the heating pad was an awesome idea! I have 21 chicks coming in a month, and I have already set my indoor brooder up with two cave frames! I thought I'll probably need two of them for that many chicks. I am ready to purchase the pads and get the temp right, and I can also use them in my (soon to be expanded) chicken house.
I had a thought: and someone may have already brought this up... Anyone think to use the mama heating pad idea in an incubator? This is what I'm imagining... Line walls of box with Styrofoam to keep heat in, put large heating pad on bottom, with water pan/sponge on it, wire grate with towel and eggs on top of pan. Then make a cave that is only two to three inches tall and has heating pad on it to simulate broody hen butt! And of course a fan for air circulation. What do you all think?
Incubation takes a little tighter control on temps than a heating pad can give. With chicks they can come and go to regulate as they need.
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
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