Has anyone used this heating mat?!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kelsey1314, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. kelsey1314

    kelsey1314 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2015
    Sumter, SC
    We just ordered 15 chicks that should be arriving on Wednesday...my boyfriend picked this up at tractor supply today and we were thinking of placing it underneath the straw in the brooder, we don't use a heat lamp, but a 75 watt bulb instead for safety purposes. On the instructions they say don't to place around hay, furniture or carpet... Is it too dangerous to use this in the brooder?

  2. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    Hi, we'll if that's what the information says I would be afraid it would ignite the pine shavings or be terribly hot. Is there anyway you can get a Thermometer a do a full 24 hour trial run WITHOUT shavings because you won't know how hot it actually gets until you test the temperature. Does it have a thermostat? I would do the test but it concerns me that it says not to use around hay or carpet. is it a fire hazard? is that why it gave warning? just test it then you will know what's going on with it. hope this helps.
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    If you wanted to switch to sand in the brooder, that wouldn't be much of a fire hazard.
  4. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Here's what the product info states:

    Safeguard your birds from the cold with the Farm Innovators Heated Chicken Mat. Easy to use in coops and pens, this mat is thermostatically controlled to keep your chickens cozy and warm. Furthermore, the mat is easy to maintain and can be mounted vertically or horizontally.
    • Red light indicator for easy monitoring
    • Made from durable ABS plastic

    At $50, a simple people heating pad would seem cheaper and safer. But I see nothing about the product that would lead anyone to think it's going to catch chickens or bedding on fire.

    It does say you can use the mat either in a horizontal position or vertical, so why not just suspend it from the side of the brooder or stick it onto a wall in the coop if you don't want to take a chance on igniting shavings or straw?

    I'm going to see if there's any info on the web about these mats catching bedding on fire.
  5. kelsey1314

    kelsey1314 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2015
    Sumter, SC
    awesome! I appreciate it! We actually got it on sale for 30 at TSC, we wouldn't have spent the 50 bucks for sure!
  6. Mikejr05

    Mikejr05 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 17, 2016
  7. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    I saw that pad at Tractor Supply this week. My only concern would be if the brooder was big enough for the chicks to get off it if they get too hot.

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