I don't know enough about reptile heating pads to give you a good answer, I'm afraid. Hoping someone will chime in, though. Hate to leave folks hanging without answers. But at least you know about your Broody Brigade membership dues! Photos photos! That will help, Lavender. I'll just wait to see what you are saying and then I can tell you better. I know that some folks who used the wire frame had problems with chicks getting caught in them, so I would imagine that either using tighter mesh OR encasing the entire setup within a pillow case would prevent that, especially with Bantams.