I have an idea that I would like to run by you all here at BYC. If someone has already done this by all means let me know but so far I have not seen or heard of it. All the brooder heating methods I see are all from above be it Heat lamps, MHP, Heat plates. Everyone knows heat rises. So why not heat from underneath via radiant heat? To us humans it's known to be one of the most comfortable forms of heat. Your heating objects compared to heating the air around those objects. Its also known that the temperature can be lowered but yet you feel the same warmth as you would with higher temps from different heating methods. So I wonder why this wouldn't work for brooding chicks? Here is what I am thinking of doing. Think of a shoe box when trying to picture this: 1- Bend some aluminum coil stock so that I have 2- 1 1/2" high "shoe box" halves. Basically a bottom and a top. Let's go with 18"x18" for size. I have 24" coil stock to work with. 2- Place an 18"x18" 1" thick rigid foam in the bottom half.( This should keep the heat from driving downwards) 3- Place two heating pads side by side on top of the rigid foam 4- Slide the other piece of bent aluminum over the top as the cover. (Like how you would put the lid on a shoe box) Now that your "heating sandwich" is made I will cover with a towel and sprinkle with some wood chips. I would then cover the whole thing with a cardboard box something around the size of 24"x24" with one end open for the chicks to go in and out. This will give them some area still inside the "cave" but not having to be over the heated area. This should also be very inexpensive for others to make or replicate. What's say you all? Worth doing it or not? Do you see any down fall to trying to heat chicks this way?