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Is it enough

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ncCHICKS, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is a heating pad on medium enough to raise about 2 baby chicks?
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I've actually never tried a heating pad! Never even thought of it! It would seem, in theory that it would be enough - let's see what more seasoned veterans have to say.
     
  3. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it safe to leave a heating pad on 24/7 for 8 weeks? I donʻt think its designed for that kind of duty. Plus, you have got to figure out the "surface" temp of the pad and regulate it carefully so that you donʻt burn the chicks legs. Lastly, what are you going to do with the poop on the pad? A 250 watt heating light is a proven and easier solution.
     
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Dont think I would use a heating pad in the brooder, I wouldnt feel safe leaving it on 24/7 and most new heating pads go off after an hour so you would have to keep turing it on. A bunch of resons I wouldnt feel safe using it.

    You can get a heat lamp and bulb for about $10-$15
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I personally use a brooder lamp but have used a heating pad with an old towell wrapped around it.
     
  6. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    When I separated the packing peanuts from the ones I ordered, I only had one heat lamp. I gave the packing peanuts a heating pad, and it worked beautifully. They used it for about 3 weeks, on low. I worried about it, though, and was glad to take it out when they didn't need it anymore.

    Look at pet stores. I saw someone post a link on here about an animal heating pad... I would feel safe with something like that.
     
  7. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    MERRY LAND
    Quote:Why did you seperate the peanuts?? You could have raised them together, with no Ill effects to either group.
     
  8. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    It really depends on the heating pad. The newer ones shut off after a hour or so. I have a older one that doesn't shut off. It is in my homemeade incubator. It has been on medium since my first eggs went in in Sept. I have only turned it off once for a 3 day break between getting new eggs. It has no melted spots, has never acted up, and actually on med in my cooler it keeps the temp steady at 100. I have no thermostate and it has never had a heat spike or temp drop yet. So I would think it would be fine, it might be fine on low for the chicks if they are in the house.
     
  9. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Quote:Why did you seperate the peanuts?? You could have raised them together, with no Ill effects to either group.

    I separated the peanuts because I didn't want to get attached to them. [​IMG] We are planning on eating them, and I won't be able to if they're my pets. I wanted to hold and tame the keepers, so they're in a brooder where I can reach them. The peanuts are in a big pumpkin box, so I can't even reach them if I wanted to...
     

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