Originally Posted by Thiriel
Just starting to get into chickens here and just want to say that I am super thankful that I found this thread. I'm one of those people who doesn't like to use heat lamps, for many reason, one of which is that is disrupts the natural day/night cycle of the babies.
Since there are about 796 pages of posts, please forgive me for not reading every one. I was wondering if there were any reports about any incidents or major improvements? Any incidents of fire/sparks? How do you keep the chicks from pecking at the cords?
I would very much like to use this when I get my chicks in the not-to distant future, but I want to learn all that I can, especially as a first-time chicken owner!
I don't recall any incidents of fire or sparks.
There are many successful variations.... main points are, IMO:
-pad must be able have any 'auto-off' function disabled, might also need to be manually turned on and reset after power outage restoration.
-chicks must be able to touch backs to heat(adjustable legs are the answer for me).
-front and back should be open for egress so no one gets trapped.
-beware any place chicks can wiggle into and get stuck(rack spacing, covers, etc).
A quicker way to browse the thread is to click the 'view all' Recent Images in the upper right hand area of each page(if you're on a laptop, not sure about mobile apps)