Help with MHP - Got chicks today, getting cold tonight

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Treerooted, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. Treerooted

    Treerooted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm looking for some reassurance or advice!!

    I picked up my chicks today, so of course it's going to drop down to 3 tonight (36 F).
    I've read lots about the MHP but I couldn't seem to find anything about indicators that would let you know it was enough heat for the chicks (peeping?). I'm guessing everything's fine, but I'm in first-timers mode and am worrying about it

    My concerns:

    How do I know the MHP is warm enough for the chicks?


    Here's my set up:

    Piece of old fence with two heating pads to cover.
    One is a seed mat, the other is the large sunbeam, both will give continuous heat.
    Sweater on top with some press and seal for easier clean up.
    The whole thing is inside a large box
    Brooder is located in our large (unheated) shop
    There are 36 chicks

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    Thanks!
     
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  2. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    Yes, your MHP will keep your chicks warm enough.

    Here are the things to do to be certain:

    -Make sure the underside of the pads are the sides with the writing on it because it's warmer than the blank side.

    -Make sure the pads are touching the chicks' backs.

    -If it's the chicks' first two weeks, set it on the highest setting.

    -Throw a wool blanket over the top of the entire setup to hold the heat in.

    -Make sure that there are moveable flaps on all sides so if any chicks get crowded and piled on they get squirted out the sides instead of smothered.
     
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  3. Treerooted

    Treerooted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you @azygous

    I'm not sure if they are touching the chicks backs...I couldn't get it lower. Can you tell by the picture if it's an acceptable height?



    I was worried about the crowding as well, but since it's in a box they would still get crowded into a corner...only without heat. Now I have a more worries [​IMG] I know a lot of MHP user don't have the two ends open, so I thought one entrance would be ok....

    I used an old fleece sweater on top... do you figure I should add an extra layer?

    The seed pad doesn't have adjustable settings so it's just "on", and the sunbeam goes up to "6" which is what I have it set to. I figured there's enough room around in there they could move to the most comfortable spot.
     

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