BTW Thank you for the idea of a heating pad hen. Mine turned out well & so far it's doing great. Chicks are 2.5 wks old & were moved out to the garage about a week ago. Tonight's going down to 26'F. I'm nervous. Can the heating pad really work in such cold temps? Should I add a heat lamp for tonight?
When I've checked on them, they're eating & drinking like normal, but I'm darn cold out there! Some are also under or on the heating pad mama. They've been in 40'f temps & even a dip into mid 30s for an overnight low. The below freezing forecast has me guessing. Has anyone ever used this method in these temps with young chicks??? I want to make sure I do not end up with chick-icles.
I made the heating pad support adjustable & tried to mimic the Eco-glow.
Mine has been raised 2x since the chicks are growing fast.
The whole re-purposed playpen was moved to the garage. There's no wind nor rain, but the temp will go below freezing for several hours.
Blooie has used the heating pad setup in sub zero weather. Her lone chick did just fine.