Building an 'ecoglow' style brooder using a heat mat

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Amy9977, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. Amy9977

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    Hi, I've got eggs in the incubator and am rethinking my brooder options. I have a box with a bulb holder mounted in the side, with a red bulb. However, the bulb isn't producing enough heat for young chicks, so I need to get something else quickly before they hatch. I have a heat mat that was used under a reptile tank - and I've heard that you can build a brooder like the Brinsea Ecoglow by putting the heat mat on the underside of a piece of wood, and attaching legs. Has anyone done this? I don't know whether I'd need to put cardboard over the heat mat to stop the chicks touching it? I guess this way it can be adjusted to different heights as the chicks grow up. Any ideas?
    Thanks,
     

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