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

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

  1. henless

    henless Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree with aart. Take the food & water out of the tray and separate it a little. Give them more room to access it. Another thing you can do is sprinkle a bit of their food on the paper towels. This will give them an idea of what their food is.

    They look like they really like their mhp. They look so cute all cuddled up underneath it. :)
     
  2. Lavender11

    Lavender11 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I took the pile out (it was landscaping fabric under the paper towels) because they looked like they were too hot. I also added another layer between them and the heating pad as it doesn't have the option to turn it down. They seem very settled now. I have brought three inside because one has what looks to be slipped tendons and now it's legs are splinted and it's in a little chicken seat :(
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    Personally, I like to keep them inside for the first 48 hours. That way, if they get away from the pad, and lost I'll hear the complaining, and can play Mama Broody... remind them where the heat is. If your pad is not as adjustable as the Sunbeam Xpress, you may have problems with it. Got a thermometer you can stick in there to check? In the beginning, they need help to figure out the heating system, and may just as likely find themselves overheating under the pad, not able to figure out how to fix it... as they are to get out at the other end of the brooder, and forget where the heat is.
     
  5. SilverPenny

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    This thread is ingenious. Definitely using this method for when I get my chicks in!
     
  6. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Yep I am doing it as well when I get started again. Maybe in a year or two

    deb
     
  7. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 True BYC Addict

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    It really is great! I'm about to move mine to the garage but I know that they'll be just fine now that they have the proper MHP and know where the heat is. Plus it's been so warm during the day. But I know that when it's cold at night, they'll go under. Plus they'll have more sunlight in the garage so no need to turn lights on and off and when it's dark, and before it gets cold, they will hopefully go under MHP and if not I can tuck them under. I feel like they're much more independent too. I've never had chicks but at the fairs or zoo under the lights they all just sit there. Of course, those are just hatched ones and I guess mine sort of huddled and clung together at first too but still. I like how there's the different frame options too so if someone doesn't have one thing or doesn't like that option, they can find something they do have and do like
     
  8. Lavender11

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    I'm not too happy at the moment. I thought I did everything right, had it all set up properly in preparation and it looked like everyone else's but two of them and possibly a third look like they have slipped tendons. I feel sick at the thought of culling but I don't want to torture them with a slow death :(
     
  9. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I'm confused...why would a brooder cause slipped tendons? Never had a chick with slipped tendons in my life...sounds like a genetic or improper hatching issue.
     
  10. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 True BYC Addict

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    I'm confused too. I mean, I know I've heard people say newspaper or other slippery surfaces can cause splay issues and other leg things but never heard anyone mention slipped tendons. Besides, even if those things did cause slipped tendons, you didn't have any slippery things in your brooder right? So I too don't see how it would cause it if you did nothing wrong. Unless maybe they got injured or.something some other way but that's not your fault. Seems like just bad luck
     

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