Originally Posted by circlehouse
Made our MHP. Hardwear cloth, 2 layers, heat pad underneath, flat cloth diaper, and a ton of tape covering openings. And wooden supports available should we need them. Borrowed from my kids blocks! One end is 2 1 /2 inches and the other is 3 1/2 inches. Which should I face for the cave opening? Brooding outside in vt, should I drape a towel over the front, or pull straw down in the front? We will be down to freezing at night still, start at 6? Excited to pick up our peeps tomorrow! Thanks everyone for all the help.
Hi! Welcome to the Broody Brigade! I generally like to keep shipped chicks in the house for the first 24 hours...that way I can spot any that might be suffering shipping stress, make sure they know how to get food and water, and how to get under the cave. I agree with the towel on top, and then I pile straw on top of, around, and under MHP. Be careful not to put too much in front of the entrance - you want to know they can get in there. The towel makes a very nice awning...holds in the heat and gives them that feeling of scooting under something. Outdoors I would start the pad on 6, or High if that's the settings on your pad.
Looks like you used a lot of tape...do I wish I had stock in the 3M company? Be sure that any loose edges are snipped and flattened....chicks will peck at anything!
Here is an article I wrote on brooding chicks outdoors. It goes into more detail and has lots of pictures. Good luck - and remember that your dues are photos of your chicks!