Several people have raised incubator fresh chicks under the heating pad. If you go to the Mama Heating Pad in the brooder thread, a group of adorable little Cream Legbars that were just hatched today are shown enjoying theirs. Lazy Gardener is another one I can think of off the top of my head who used it for newly hatched chicks. I don't set too much store by the temperatures under the heating pad - I let the chicks tell me what they need. Too hot and they won't go under, instead they'll huddle in a corner and cheep. If they are too cold they'll go under, but they'll be cheeping their "Doggone it, I'm cold" distress cheep. Someone (I think it was @azygous when she was thinking about doing this) asked what the temperatures were under the heating pad. I didn't know, so I put a thermometer under there to check. It was 82.5 in a 69 degree room. These are those chicks then: Rather than further hijack the OP's thread, head on over to the Mama Heating Pad thread and we'll be more than happy to answer any of your questions there. If I'm not around, there are an awful lot of people who are using it and they'll be happy to help!