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

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  1. Fire Ant Farm

    Fire Ant Farm Get off my lawn Premium Member

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  2. henless

    henless Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's easy to do since most of the heating pads do have a 2 hour shut off. This pad is like the energizer bunny, it keeps going & going & going & going! LOL [​IMG]

    I have the heating pad saved to my favorites in case I need to buy another one, so easy for me to pull up.
     
  3. Traceaskew

    Traceaskew Out Of The Brooder

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    Nervous Nellie question: the chicks have been in my garage with MHP during the day for the last couple of days. They seem to be doing great. I'm contemplating leaving them in there tonight. It's not quite as cold today. I turned the garage light off and I thought they'd go under MHP but when I checked on them, they're piled on top of each other on top of MHP. If they were too cold, they'd go under it, wouldn't they? I also put a bunch more shavings in and piled them on top and around MHP, so maybe they just like to snuggle down into the bedding?
     
  4. lazy gardener

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    Hi Traceaskew!!! Here's my ? to you. How old are they? If they are less than 3 weeks old, I'd stuff them under the pad, and hold my hand over the front for a bit till they settled, in the dark. If they then choose to come out, maybe they don't need the heat. But, sometimes, they need a bit of persuasion. BTW, what's the temp in your garage? How many chicks??
     
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  5. Traceaskew

    Traceaskew Out Of The Brooder

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    They are just 3 weeks old. I don't have a thermometer to say exactly how cold the garage is. It's attached to my house on 3 sides. It's currently 37 outside and calling for it to get down to 30 tonight. They've been out there since this morning and I don't think I saw them under MHP all day. They've been either sitting on top or walking around, eating, etc.
     
  6. aart

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  7. Traceaskew

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    My husband asked me that...when I shoo them in there, they can go. Should it be high enough that they don't have to duck down? As it is now, they can't really stand under it.
     
  8. aart

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  9. Traceaskew

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    Ok thanks! They're huddled on top, very quietly chirping.

    I'm scared, but I know I need to let them be chickens. I'll prob get up tonight and check on them a couple times!
     
  10. aart

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