Just finished my new design for my MHP. Thanks to everyone who offered their advice during my planning stages. A special thanks to those who have built a solid frame unit before as I took inspiration from all of them.
I used a 3/4" plywood project panel that was left over for the sides and back in an effort to hold heat in since my heating pad doesn't wrap down to the sides. There are holes every inch staring at 2 inches for the adjustable shelf pegs (like you would find in a bookcase) which allows the MHP to be raised and lowered without creating a gap where the chicks could get caught. I may or may not have gone out to the Brinsea website to see where the Ecoglow's height settings started and ended; mine will go higher than an Ecoglow although I doubt that will be needed.
The shelf is a 1x2 frame with hardware cloth to support the Heating pad then topped with a piece of 3/8" plywood covered with a towel.
Here it is set up in the brooder I'll include an outside shot so you can see my overall setup. The LED lights don't put off any heat and are for my working purposes only the brooder sits between two windows so most times the chicks only get natural light. The entire brooder plugs in and has outlets on the back for the MHP and anything else that may require electricity. Chicks don't arrive for two weeks so everything isn't setup yet.
I have a stack of older towels so I'm debating not putting anything to cover it and keep it clean. I could always wrap the top piece and towel in the ever popular Press-n-Seal if they start soiling them too quickly.
** for anyone wondering that is last weeks project still in the garage. My partner is disabled so this year the garden is being elevated so it can be worked from the mobility scooter that you can see in the first picture. I've made 8 6'x2' elevated garden beds and will make one more that is slightly shorter and wider for tomato plants. They need a coat of sealant on the outside and it's been raining most of the week so they aren't quite ready to live outside.
LOVE IT.... just about what I want to do for raising Guinea Keets... As far as handicap access... Here is my poultry house design
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson