Bottom Heat

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Airilith, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Airilith

    Airilith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if anyone's tried using a heat pad instead of a brooder light for heat?

    I have a bunch of head pads laying around from my lizards and thought they might work well. Thoughts?
     
  2. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can regulate the heat and the chicks can move away from the heat to cool off when they get hot i think it should work fine. I've not tried it so hopefully someone who has done this will chime in. Good Luck
     
  3. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    I have thought about that myself. I would like to do that so the baby chicks get used to a day/night cycle from the very start and never think they "need" that light. I think they would be able to find the heat without the light .
     
  4. Airilith

    Airilith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's a small-ish heat pad. I figured I could just put it to one side of the brooder. And I use a light dimmer to control the temperature. I've got a temp gun, so I can monitor it closely. [​IMG]
     
  5. derekos

    derekos New Egg

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    I have an eco-glow and a heating pad - the chicks prefer the heating pad most of the time. ;-)
     
  6. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a heating pad wrapped in a towel so I could keep it clean. Also took a small box wrapped in a towel partially covering the top also to make a nest. They seemed to love it.

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