Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder (Picture Heavy) - UPDATE

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Blooie, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Big part of it is just that this your second year.
    It's easier cause you've been thru all the 'firsts' that you didn't know about, and rectified all the 'myths', just like with the second child.
    The chicken learning curve is very steep!

    Part is definitely the heating pad vs a light. Chicks are much calmer without a light on them 24/7, no doubt about it.
     
  2. yellowherb

    yellowherb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I seen a huge difference in my solitary quail chick with the MHP vs a light. Totally agree with aart. I will never use a light again.
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    I agree, there is a definite difference between light raised, and HP raised chicks. These chicks come running when they see me. And, a few days ago, I had one fly up onto my shoulder for a visit. I do not encourage such visits, and immediately presented my hand, and gave the "step" command, making her step onto my hand, (similar to training a parrot) as my shoulder is too close to my face, and chicken poop is non-discriminatory.

    Jack continues to take his parenting duties quite seriously, even though none of the hens do! He calls the chicks for treats, (as well as the hens). Today, I offered some corn cobs, chicken bones with some pretty good pickings left, and then offered some chicken skin broken up into small pieces. He took every tid bit I offered to him, and carried it a little bit, then dropped it for a hen. He never ate a single scrap I was offering, and gave every single piece away. Such a good roo!
     
  4. katbriar

    katbriar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a wonderful thing- to have spent the last 6 weeks almost completely unworried about their well-being and to have them so happy themselves.

    Thank you for sharing what could be done, and a thank you for Scout who was the test case.
     
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  5. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    The heating pad system is so versatile that I found it was extremely useful for the sick chick I had. I happened to have an extra, an old one without the auto-off, and I set the sick chick up under it. It seemed to comfort her and she didn't mind being alone so much. I recommended it to a poster recently who needed to know what to do with a lone chick.

    When Blooie first posted about it, I immediately saw the possibilities, and I was off to the races thinking about how I could use the concept. It worked out even better than my wildest dreams!

    I am its biggest proponent now, recommending it to people with brand new chicks almost every day.
     
  6. alibabba

    alibabba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for posting this bit. I am new to roos, but everything I read before real life said this was the thing they do. So fabulous you have a good roo!!!!!

    Mine does it too. So happy with him. He calls like a momma hen sound....but as soon as one gets to the spot, he turns away! He NEVER eats treats. But he does pick up and drop, pick up and drop as if the hens are too dumb to find it on the ground themselves.

    I like that he does this, and he is a great watcher, and he doesn't bother the couple pullets that are free range integrating.

    This must be a good boy!!!

    Can you keep your good roo?
     
  7. alibabba

    alibabba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used it in the bottom of a sick cage in the laundry/garage. needed some buffering, but handy, not HOT and BRIGHT. Just enough to keep the chill off.
     
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  8. alibabba

    alibabba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nervous, New chicks coming tomorrow, 30.... All was well before...and now I have a routine. But still nervous.

    If I got 26 "shipped" chicks, and 23 made it to 9 weeks, beautifully feathered, no cocci, poopy butts, etc,
    I should be able to recreate this again right?

    Just a word of confidence or caution would be appreciated.
     
  9. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Overrun With Chickens

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    @alibabba Since you have done it once, then doing it again should be a breeze. [​IMG] you are an old hand at this.

    Are you going to use MHP or conventional heat lamp with your chicks?
    I am enjoying my first batch of little peeps so much! With MHP, I do not worry about them getting chilled or anything since they are out in the garden shed.
     
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Oh yeah. But, shortly after posting this, he was sowing his wild oats a bit too freely. He was being overly aggressive in his romantic pursuits, so I had to send him to rooster jail. I think he felt he had to prove something, as there are a couple of his sons reaching sexual maturity. (my grand daughter calls them "the Jack-sons!") And they are handsome, well formed boys. Would make a good replacement for Jack, if it ever became necessary. And, I expect that he will teach them the ropes! I've heard that roos raised in a multi-age flock are particularly well mannered, because if they are going to get any piece of the romantic action, they have to earn it!

    Alibabba, you'll do just great with your next batch of chicks!!!

    One more testimonial about the superiority of the MHP for producing super chicks! My 13 y.o. G.S. took some scraps out to the flock last night. This is a boy who has nothing to do with the chickens, and spends most of his time in his electronic world. He came in, and commented that "those little ones sure are friendly! How come?"
     
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