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

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

  1. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Love it, love it!! Watch for little heads getting stuck in between the bars on the rack, but that shouldn't be any bigger a problem than with a wire frame made with fencing! Good thinking!!! And we need pictures when those babies arrive!
     
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  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Blooie, the first few years of this hoop coop I had a silver tarp on it and for the same reason~or so I thought~that the silver would reflect the sun and keep it cooler in the coop. When I finally switched out tarps I happened to have a blue/green tarp on hand so didn't replace with another silver one. OH, MAN, what a difference! And it was immediate. It was like someone turned off a furnace and turned on the AC in that coop...that cool blue underside and green on the outer side was like a miracle worker! Somehow, that makes sense to me....green trees, blue water...

    Anyhoo, lesson learned and I'll never go back to a silver tarp for anything...it didn't even help to keep it warmer in the coop for winter. The clear tarp I put on for winter wear does that very well, though, so I'll continue to switch those out each season and will, hopefully, get more wear out of both of them, while getting the best climate control in the coop.

    For raising the sides and allowing more air flow, I just use push in stakes to lift the sides....I just put a zip tie through a grommet and make a loop, which slides into the hooks on the push in fence post. Maybe when you get your shade cloth on you could fashion a grommet or two there to zip tie it to the cattle panel at a certain height to secure it to the wire, then grommet your corners to make a shade flap you can lift. I've found that shade flap on either side of the coop seems to keep the sun from coming in at the bottom, where it will if I merely roll up the sides...even that little bit of sun boiling into the bottom of the coop seems to heat it up in there. Cool, cool, cool in there even on the hottest days when the shade flaps are raised.
     
  3. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Thanks, Bee....I love the clear plastic in the winter, especially as cold as it gets here, but like you I've learned that that reflective silver sided tarp is a joke - except my poor chickens ain't laughing. I've seen the stakes you're talking about on your setup, and loved the idea. Would that work as bad as our winds are here? They often come up almost instantly and like yesterday go from a light summer breeze or totally still to sustained at 35-45 mph. If I'm home I could unhook the flaps and secure them, but if I'm out and about when those winds hit I'd be afraid I'd find my run in Boise! :lol:
     
  4. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    And doggone it, I forgot what I came here to yell about!! Got our first egg from one of the Littles today!!!! Can you believe it??? Already! Just a little teeny dark brown pullet egg! Not sure which Little laid it, though I have two suspects! Seems like I was just posting their baby pictures and videos here yesterday! Also put the 3 RIR roosters in the fridge, waiting a few days to bag and freeze them. I wasn't expecting much meat on them but was very pleasantly surprised. They grew up so fast!
     
  5. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    woo hoo for you Blooie... ahem.... [​IMG]
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Great Rack!!
    Hope you post the pad install here.
     
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  7. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    You know, this dish drainer frame is almost custom made for the heating pad to go on the inside rather than draped on the outside. Lots of places for the little bungie cords to grip to hold it in place, and then tuck the entire ensemble inside a soft pillowcase. Anyone else see that possibility here?
     
  8. ShidelsRestBB

    ShidelsRestBB Out Of The Brooder

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    Newbie here.
    What can I provide my chickens with, so they may take dust baths???
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Sounds complicated.....but you know me...KISS.
    I sized my rack and cover to fit the pad, I will be curious to see how he fits the pad on that rack(which seems brilliant).

    Ummm...DUST!! sorry JK.
    But they will find a place to dust bathe....or you can provide a pan with some sand, dirt, wood ashes, peat moss...they really just need some dirt.
     
  10. alibabba

    alibabba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for posting. My dumb shed is so hot, tried to find a white tarp....have to order online, I'm going t try the blue and green that I already have in stock first!
     

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