Building an 'ecoglow' style brooder using a heat mat

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

  1. Amy9977

    Amy9977 New Egg

    Mar 11, 2015
    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?

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