Originally Posted by circlehouse
I just want to say thanks to everyone who has been so helpful to a new soon to be chick mama. I really appreciate it. And I am sorry for the part I played in hijacking the thread! Back to MHP... I want to be as simple as possible with my frame, can I just double up he 1/2 inch hardware cloth I have instead of adding dowels? Will that be strong enough to support chicks sitting on top? Thanks!
No apologies needed at all....BYC exists to share information and learn, learn, learn....we just got a little too far off and I was afraid it might be confusing to new folks coming in, that's all! IF htey were looking for heating pad stuff and seeing page after page of everything but, they might not get their concerns addressed. I've done my share of hijacking!
Originally Posted by poodlechicks
Well said. Everyone has the right to have their own thoughts about things but that doesn't mean people must impose their thoughts on others.
I have to confess especially liked the part of your post saying you don't mind repeating the how to's of the setup😬
So, here is my question: my cave is 17 inches front to back, made out of a tomato cage. Is it too long considering the heating pad doesn't cover the whole thing? Thanks !
If you have the pad more toward the back and leave a space at the front without heat, like I did on page one of the thread, the towel or whatever you use coming down in front will form an awning and still help hold heat in. Don't go all the way to the ground with it...just an awning. The only thing I'd worry about then is them falling through the towel because the supporting wires are so far apart on a tomato cage, but I know lots of people have used them with great success. Or you can always cut the back off a bit until the pad is closer to fitting the way you want it to. I think @COChix used a tomato cage and liked it, so she might have more ideas than I do.
Thanks for the support. I'm not normally grouchy. But today is my one-month-no-smoking anniversary after 52 years of smoking, it's been a particularly bad one, and if those who precipitated this little rant had been peeking in the windows they couldn't have picked a worse day. And actually it's been that way for the last 3 - 4 days, so maybe I over-reacted a bit. I don't know.