Originally Posted by Nariah01
Thank you for getting back to me! I went back there to check on them and I pulled them out to get a real good look at each. They all started eating and stayed out for a little while, which made me feel a little bit better about it all. I plan on fixing the cave today in a bit, myself and my DH are both sick so we take a lot of breaks during the day lol. They can't get stuck that I can see but it does concern me so I am going to fix it tonight. Which do you think is better, a cave like set up with the rounded sides, or more of a heat plate like set up with a flat top? I could easily do either with maybe 20 minutes work with what we have on hand.
I might also order the heating pad you have used as the one we have is a cheap older one with just the sliding low-med-hi option. It doesn't shut off, or at least hasn't for the last four hours, but I do wonder about how hot it gets and how well it will hold up to 24/7 use. They just overall seem to be quiet calm chicks. Although when one eats they all mob the same spot and it makes me laugh. I am hoping to get a nice brooder built for my covered porch tomorrow and moving them outside, gets around 70ish during the day and 40s at night. And then over the next few weeks we will build our coop, or convert the greenhouse into a coop. I'll try to get some pictures next time I go in there to hover and stare at them, but for now I will just share what breeds I have. I got 2 buff Orps. , 1 barred rock, 1 white rock, and 1 Colombian Wyandotte.
That is purely a personal choice, so I won't tell you which way to go. If they are going to be outside, then the cave is the better option for me - I like it because it holds the heat in all the way around. But if they are someplace where you don't have to worry about cold around the sides, then take a look at @aart's set up. And so help me, I'm going to mess this up again - I always mess up the title of her thread. But if you go up to the search box and type in "Pseudo Heat Plate" it should be close enough to get you the link. Sorry, I'm old and easily confused.
If you can, by all means order a newer pad. Hubby has been an electrician for over 45 years, and he wouldn't let me use an old pad we had around the house because he said that the heating element wires can become brittle after years.
These chicks will be quieter than you expect. They are calmer because they have a secure place to hide if they get spooked, they get a good night's sleep, and they don't have glaring lights on them all the time.
Originally Posted by GardenNut
Well my 4 girls will be 4 weeks tomorrow, and they haven't been near MHP in days. They prefer to hunker down in a corner at the other end of the box for the night. They've been spending most of their days in their playpen outside. We finished extending the run today and put the girls in there for a couple hours before bringing them in for the night. Tomorrow night is only supposed to get down in the 50s, so I think I'll make the big move tomorrow. The coop will be strange to them, but I think they'll be fine. They're pretty feathered out already and now getting feathers on their heads already! Maybe being outside in temps as low as the high 40s helped! I know that's a heat wave for some MHP folks on this thread! All that said, I'm a true believer of MHP! Now if I could come with a good use for that darn lamp!
Mine just moved outside to the run today. Two of them were hatched here on Tuesday and the other 7 were probably 4 days or so when I got them. Supposed to be down to 34 degrees tonight. The only ones I'll confess to be a little worried about are the 2 little Bantams. Never had chicks that tiny before. Yours are the age mine were last year when we had them fully integrated with the adults and had taken out MHP completely.....and it wasn't as warm as you guys are, that's for sure!
Use for the lamp? Well, sometimes Ken will use it out in the garage if he's working on something and wants a little heat right where he's standing. Other than that, hold on to it - someday it might be an antique and people will say, "Believe it or not, people used to have these things hanging above plastic containers and cardboard boxes in their houses, or above hay and straw in their chicken coops!"