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 don't know, Deb. By that age mine weren't under it anymore.....pad was off and removed from the brooder pen and Agatha's nest (she was broody) went into the brooder pen. I had 15 up to the age of 3 weeks using the big pad. Mostly by then they were snuggling on top of it or all around it, with just a few going under it.
     
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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Agrees by that age they should be done with the heating pad.

    Population could definitely be a problem with the heating pad....depending on ambient temperatures.

    That's one place where using it flat, instead of caved/curved, could be advantageous is it covers a slightly larger area both under and on top of it.

    I had 17 just hatched chicks under mine last fall for a couple days(hatched a batch for someone else) and they fit ok, but it would have gotten tight pretty quick.
     
  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Overrun With Chickens

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    It's currently a balmy 8* and my 4 10 week old chicks are still using their momma at night. I'm letting them tell me what they need. I plan on brooding 50 chicks early February. I found a deal for a large sweeter heater but know that they will quickly outgrow it and need additional heat source. Maybe do a test batch of 10.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Sure they'll use it if it's there....but would they be fine without it?....probably.
    Go for the sweetheater if you can afford it.
     
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  5. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Not me unless @Percheron chick is name deb too.
     
  6. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Oh, shoot! I'm so sorry! I know better than that, too, but Ken was hovering over me waiting for me to finish on BYC so we could start taking down the Christmas stuff and I didn't look carefully enough. Forgive me?
     
  7. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    LOL... My bad for not putting a smiley face.

    deb
     
  8. Blooie

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    You know I love ya......smiley face or not!
     
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  10. circlehouse

    circlehouse Out Of The Brooder

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    I have spent a week reading through all the posts here. What an amaizing idea! I will be getting my fist chicks this spring and I am so excited!
    We will be completing our coop first and brooding them in it.
    I am going to be buying all the chick paraphernalia gradually so as to not give my husband sticker shock. [​IMG]
    Anyway what size heating pad should I get for 10 chicks?
    Thanks so much!
     

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