I am in tears right now as I type this. I went to go check on the brooder this morning and found my little Blue Ameraucana chick wedged between the hardware cloth and the heating pad, dead.
I feel like this is all my fault. I let her down! The system seemed to be working wonderfully. They've been happy and growing. She was only a week old! She was the main reason I decided to go with raising baby chicks this year, instead of getting started 6 week old pullets from the feed store, as I've always wanted a Blue Ameraucana. I feel just sick right now!
I just thought I'd share this so it doesn't happen to anyone else.
I was trying to catch up w the many posts I hadn't read when I saw yours. I'm so sorry It's so sad to lose a little chick. I put a towel over the HP and I thought it would be heavy enough not to have a chick trapped in between, but now I'm a little concerned.