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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    I had several sleeping on their little roost totally on the opposite side of the brooder at 2 weeks. The rest joined them gradually during the next week. At 4 weeks they were integrated with the rest of the flock and doing what the big girls did. By then our temperatures were up to the upper 30s and 40s, and they had been living out in the run in their brooder pen from day one.
     
  2. henless

    henless Chillin' With My Peeps

    I raised my first batch of chicks in my husbands shop for about 2-3 weeks before I moved them out to the coop. There was only one small window in the door, so I used a floor lamp for light. I would turn it on in the mornings, leave it on all day. Then, when It was getting dark, I would turn it off for them to go to sleep.

    If they're cold, they will get under the pad or on top to knock off the chill.
     
  3. SunshineAnShade

    SunshineAnShade Out Of The Brooder

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    Blooie, i read the part about Brian as Brain! :lau Either way your too funny! Thanks for the advice. I did mean their coop when i was talking about shining the light. I am way past the point of worrying about where they decide to sleep inside the coop at night. I think i will remove the cave today, they havent seemed to need it for a little while. I'm just getting frustrated that they wont go inside the coop once it gets dark. Its been this way sin e they got locked out that one night.... I suppose it doesnt matter much since i go out to close the pop door every night anyway. Im hoping once i remove the cave they will stop sleeping in the corner and start roosting instead.
    Thanks for the advice and support through this new fun adventure!
     
  4. bruceha2000

    bruceha2000 Chicken Obsessed

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    That is interesting. My chickens will peck the heck out of styrofoam, even foil covered styrofoam.

    Somehow I can't imagine eating a product that is heavy on benzene and styrene would get them through moult faster nor that it is particularly healthy.

    Not sure why you would need or want a heating pad outside the cave. Brooding hens don't have heated "patios". [​IMG]


    Mine that were raised this sumer by a broody hen went with her to the nest box 18" off the ground at 2 weeks. A week later a couple of them went up to the 4' high roost (there is a 2' high roost in front for easy access) to say goodnight (or so it seemed) to their "auntie". By 3.5 weeks only a couple were in the nest with Zorra. Not surprising since the nest box is only ~14" x 12", not much room for a BIG hen and 7 "not so little any more" chicks. By 4 weeks everyone was up on the 4' high roosts even though some of them were still sleeping under Zorra up there.

    I'm sure it helped that there were 8 hens up on the roosts from the get go, gives the littles the idea that the roosts are for sleeping on. The now 3 year olds were raised indoors with the non MHP red heat lamp to 3 weeks, then they wouldn't stay in the bathtub but couldn't get back in once out so they went to the "just finished" coop (note to others, chicks grow fast, have the coop ready!). They figured out the roost thing on their own by 4 weeks though I don't recall if they started out sleeping on the 2' high one or went straight to the 4'.

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    Haven't been checking in to BYC regularly, about 2 weeks since I read all the threads that I follow. Which thread had the most posts? THIS ONE (and now I see it is BBB!), the second was the Easter Egger sexing thread which has always been VERY popular. It had little more than half the number of new posts.
     
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Quote: x2 [​IMG]
     
  6. Zinniah

    Zinniah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted to try this when I got my 6 chicks almost 5 months ago. I was worried it was not hot enough though. I bought the Sunbeam Xpress Heat, heating pad, 12x15, and had it set to stay on. I tested it before the chickens arrived, and it only felt slightly warm on the highest settings, I felt like it wouldn't stay warm enough for them, and used lamp instead. So many people are using it though, with great results. I'm going to go ahead and try it next year.
     
  7. Cluckies

    Cluckies Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Mine which were raised under a heat lamp before I heard of MHP slept piled in a corner and didn't go to the roost until about 8 weeks. I didn't have other hens there to show them what to do though.
     
  8. trudyg

    trudyg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 chicken tractors, one for the big girls and one for the chicks. They babies can see the big girls and they all visit thru the wire. The babies will crowd around to visit when the big girls are there. They can see the big girls go up the ramp to roost, so now several of the babies are also roosting. I have poles 12", 24" and 36" off the ground in a ladder-type configuration. Copying the big girls is what they do. I have yet to make it a full night with the mhp over the heat lamp. Due to the configuration, when they huddle under where the lamp is I can't reach them to tuckthem into the cave. They play on the cave all day, as I turn off the heat lamp first thing in the morning. they are 13 days old today and quickly getting feathers. Once these evening ball games slow down, I'll get pictures and post. Sorry, grandson takes priority. My chicken whisperer granddaughter takes the pictures--she can handle any animal she encounters. Calm and confident. I'm trying to wait later and later to turn on the heat--they pile up right under it (habit). I have 2 pouffy headed chicks (Polish?) who always act like they are cold. They are the only ones who sleep on the cave during the day.
     
  9. trudyg

    trudyg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I'm going to find out today how they do in the cool. When I left for work it was 65 heading to 80, but something changed and now it's 66 and raining at the house. If they don't use the mhp today, then I'll think they don't need it at all.
     
  10. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Which, as long as they are dry, will probably be the case. Before 3 weeks mine weren't using the pad, but would still sometimes cuddle up inside the cave when the strong winds blew.
     

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