I rearranged the MHP today in preparation for taking the chicks outside. I felt like it wasn't warm enough underneath because of the way I had the mylar wrapped and having the pad on top of the rack instead of directly against the chicks.
So, I started with a wire shelf that was only $3.50 from Walmart since I didn't have extra wire around to make a frame. I ordered online to pick up in store (they weren't in stock at the store). Online it is called 'grey helper shelf' and it was the 'large' size.
Cut a piece of cardboard to fit on top
Wrap in mylar space blanket (or whatever else, I had this on hand. Really just to secure the cardboard.
Flip it over and use bungee to secure each side. I had to tie a knot in my bungee to make it tight enough.
It sags a little, but not bad. And the chicks can cozy right up against the warm fuzziness.
Then I draped a towel on top, followed with a paper towel.ill put straw on top too once I put it in the outside brooder.
I tucked the paper towel and towel under the bungee to keep it from shifting.
So here's what the layers look like finished.