The wire fencing is very adjustable, and that is key, I adjusted mine MANY times for the six chix. They grow super fast. I decided that when they were spending a lot of time on TOP of MHP, that was my clue to readjust up or down.
After going into the coop, I have had to keep an eye on those little buggers cause they have taken to playing in the pine shavings and FILLING the MHP so they couldn't get in. Also, it is good to secure the towel because I swear they rearrange it when my back is turned....
Following Blooie's lead I put electrical tape on all the sharp edges, and for six chix, the wire fencing is about 12x24, exactly fitting the heating pad.
Mentioning brooder size, I had a rubbermaid type tub but that only lasted a week for six, then it was the bathtub, which only lasted another two, then a fabric dog pen, for another week, to give them more room to exercise their wings and feet...I think they need space to flap and hop early. Then the coop was ready in a week and outside they went. But the brooder inside changed three times, and it needed to... I am happy that I had the items and locations to do it...silly me I thought that rubbermaid style tub would last forever!! But that is a newbie for ya!!
!!HELP find Blooie's missing heating pad!!!<<that's how I feel when I have lost something !!
Edited by mobius - 3/31/16 at 8:42am