Now, Bruce... I know that you know that there's not likely any one on BYC, or any other place where we might converse who doesn't do those types of things to their body where a heating pad would be useful. MesMama: Yes, a heating pad would be a wonderful thing to have, even if you have a seasoned broody. You never know when your broody may go AWOL for any number of reasons. Also, if you don't have an incubator, a HP would be great to have for the occasion when Broody leaves the nest but there are a few viable eggs left. In a pinch, I bet you could hatch those last few eggs with the HP.