Originally Posted by gotro17
Originally Posted by Blooie
Thanks, Bee. I gave the link to your incubation experiment a page or two ago as well. @gotro17
I can't remember who it was here on the thread who had a chick that got caught in the wires, but I know it wasn't Bee. I use a towel for a couple of reasons. I like draping it down the front because the chicks I've had like that "ducking" into the cave feeling. I like covering the heating pad so they aren't climbing and pooping directly on the heating pad. You will be stunned by how much time they spend ON it and not IN it. The towel also "mutes" the warmth a bit so it's more comfortable, and acts as a layer of insulation to keep the heat very even.
How big if a towel? Dish towel seems too small, bath towel too big
I've had one kinda get head stuck in wire, just for a second tho and it wasn't hurt....sure did squeak tho!
Had a chick get tangled up in real live broody hens breast feathers last year, had to cut it out off the hen, then cut feather 'noose' off chicks neck.
Tried the towel thing, found it to be a bit of a PITA.
I use a piece of thin plywood(luan) with that sticky glad wrap stuff on it to go on top of pad, used an inking roller to really press it onto wood...
...thin enough to be warm, dried poops pretty much flick off, and heavy enough so doesn't need to be 'tied' in place. It worked great.