Originally Posted by lazy gardener
Good evening. Do any readers use a heating pad that has just the HI - MED - LO settings, and if so, any idea how it compares to the Sunbeam Xpress with the 6 settings? I may be setting a lot of chicks this spring, and really don't want to do a heat lamp. Not sure if I'd set LOTS of chicks under multiple heat pads in one space, or if I'd divide my brooder space into 2 areas with 2 MHP's. May even have some ducks in the mix.
My pad worked great. I started it on high, and just adjusted as the chicks needed. When I noticed they didn't hang under as much, I lowered it down to medium then did the same when I dropped it to low. I'm sure the pads with more settings would make it more precise, but I worry about the electricity going out when I'm at work or away from the house. This way, I know the pad will come back on and stay on.
I recently purchased this larger pad. I haven't tested it yet, plan on doing that this week. It's larger then the previous one I bought. It does not have the 2 hour shut off.
Originally Posted by duluthralphie
Does that Lo-med-hi pad have an auto shut off over ride? or does it not have one? I could not tell by looking at the product URL info.
For you chick crazy people I have joined "Incubators Anonymous" thread her on BYC. It has helped me, I am down to 200 eggs in my incubator now...
No auto off over ride, because there is no 2 hour auto off feature. :)
Originally Posted by Blooie
Heck, and I think @Henless and I should be getting a kickback from the Sunbeam company!
Originally Posted by TexasChkn
So I took my 9 day old chickens outside. It's a beautiful 75 degree with light breeze. They had a blast but 15 minutes in I noticed my australorps panting a little. When I moved them to the shade they stopped. My issue is I live near Houston TX and this is by no measure hot. How do I get them used to the warmer weather?
Right now they are in the house with a MHP because we aren't done building the coop.
Also... had my first encounter with a red tail hawk. He actually dove at them and didn't stop until he was 20 ft from me and realized I wasn't going to move 😲😲😲
Move them out as soon as you can. Even now, my hens seek shade in the late afternoon when the sun is shining in their coop/run. The winter sun hangs lower, so not as much shade for my South end coop. I put up a shade cloth for the top half of their South wall.
In the summer, I make sure they have plenty of water and shade. On days that it gets over 95, I do turn fans on to help circulate the air. My coops are totally open air. I have hardware cloth for all 4 sides. This helps a lot in the summer, but it still gets plenty warm.