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Seedling Heat Mat - Brooder Warmer

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This a variation of the Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder. http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update

 

I used a 20"x48" seedling heat mat as my brooder warmer. It requries a thermastat as it can get fairly hot. Alternatively, you could have more ventalation to reduce the heat. Removing the dog carrier bottom might be enough.

 

The cardboard box door stops the mat from colapsing.

Below is the dog carrier bottom

 


Edited by CalgaryFarmer - 6/14/15 at 7:04am
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What would the surface temp of that mat run without the thermostat?

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Here is the seedling mat.

 

https://www.hydrofarm.com/p/MT10009

 

It is 107 watt spread over 6 2/3 square feet.  Think of the heat from a 100 watt bulb spread over the same space.   The description of the product states "Warms root area 10-20˚F over ambient temperature to improve germination".  So to touch the surface of the mat, that is probably about how the temperature feels. A moderate warmness. 

 

These mats are $65 on amazon.


Edited by CalgaryFarmer - 6/14/15 at 8:01pm
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It turns out my themastat is not working so I removed it.  Therefore, the seedling mat is always on. 

 

I raised the front of the dog carrier about 2 inches off the ground, to introduce some cooler air, as it will likely be too hot otherwise.  The temperature at the front is just under 90.  I suspect that it is warmer at the back.

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I have to say I am pretty happy with how this has worked out.  I wish the thermometer had worked properly.  I will get it replaced for next time.  It certainly worked well without the thermometer.

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post #6 of 6
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I am getting 14 new babies in a couple of days.

 

I have modified this set up.

 

I have attached the seedling warmer to the dog crate lid.  As well you can see the thermostat sensor hung from the roof.

 

 

I have a new thermostat.

 

 

Here is what the brooder will look like. You can see the end off the seedling warmer sticking out.

 

 

I use another thermometer to check the temperature in the middle of the brooder to ensure that the temperature is suitable.  I attached it to a piece of cardboard so I can push the thermometer into the middle of the brooder.  I have it upright so the thermometer is a bit off the floor of the brooder.

 

 

Not shown is that I put a towel on the brooder to keep the heat inside.

 

I have tested this setup and it seems to work quite well.


Edited by CalgaryFarmer - 5/14/16 at 7:56am
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