OK, guys, I'm really wiped out, but I wanted to post this before crashing to see what you guys thought and if I need to change anything. I went into lockdown yesterday with 15 cream legbar eggs (no idea how may will hatch - that's a whole other worrying topic). Setting up brooder, including building the MHP. (I have a Brinsea Ecoglow as backup, but would prefer to try this, as it seems more cozy/natural.) I am using the Sunbeam model 771, and the frame is 1/4" hardware cloth with edges folded for strength, with black duct tape over rough/sharp edges (question - do I need to brace it? Like with a piece of welded wire, too? As is, it's easy to adjust without collapsing, seems ok...). Covered in pillow case, had some issues keeping the pillow case from sagging, so used some little binder clips in back. Testing right now, and with Thermapen temp probe pressed up against the undersurface, it reads 110F on the high setting (that's surface temp, not ambient air temp under there) - but it feels comfortable to me.
- Ant Farm