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

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

  1. COChix

    COChix Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 12, 2014
    My Coop
    Hey GMTA = Great Minds Think A Like on the tomato cages. So one suggestion or something I guess I am going to have to do is to put the cage up on some 2 x 4's the length wise to raise it up a bit as our heating pad wraps farther on the sides than the frame is wide. If all of that makes sense?! I would not cut off so much initially when you go to make it like a tunnel. I would leave more metal so the frame sits up a bit. Makes me want to re-do mine. Anyway, ours seems to like it. I do gentle reminders about putting them in the cave where it is warmest. I will do the same lights out routine while they are in the house, hoping they get it by the time they are outside next week with natural light. Good luck and post pictures of course!
  2. LindaB220

    LindaB220 Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 23, 2013
    Portland/Vancouver area
    So I have changed what I am doing at least ten times now, lol. I had an epiphany when I was out feeding the big flock and I saw a tomatoe cage. So instead I will be using a tomatoe cage as the hard part of the shell. I have it cut and everything, just have to wrap some chicken wire around it so it is more solid.

    Not sure if the last few comments were directed at me or not. We have a second coop in our enclosed run and we will be using that coop for the babies until they are integrated with the flock.


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    Man, I LOVE this idea!!! I've got 21babies in the brooder in tbe storeroom now. It is so warm now that I don't need the lamp at.night. I just put five feather dusters together and they cuddle.
  3. mothersdream

    mothersdream Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2015
    Joseph, Or
    Thank you so much for all this information. My chicks are about 3-4 weeks old now so my dilemma is whether we can go ahead and move them out to the coop. The night time temps are in the low 30's, but they are used to pretty warm conditions. Help?
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Absolutely. They will thrive in the coop with the HP brooder.
  5. mothersdream

    mothersdream Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2015
    Joseph, Or
    I don't have an hp brooder, just a heat lamp. Thoughts?
  6. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    @mothersdream : As much as it goes against the grain for me to say this, if you moved the heat lamp out there with them so they had a place to get warm for at least another week, they'd probably do alright. <ouch - telling someone to use a heat lamp was more painful than I thought it would be!> I don't know if you'd be able to switch them to a heating pad cave at this stage of the game, so the lamp is the only sensible alternative if you want to move them out. DO be sure to secure it well and don't rely on the weak clamp that comes with it. Double and triple the attachments whenever possible. Good luck with them!

    I think a better option would be to start leaving the heat off them during the day, extending the time it's off so they can "harden off" before they go out. They should then be able to go without it completely when you do put them out. I took the light off last year's chicks when they were four weeks old and being brooded indoors. Oh, they hated me for a night or two, but they got over it! They were living outside with no supplemental heat at 5.5 weeks old, in cold Wyoming temps and did just fine!
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  7. mothersdream

    mothersdream Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2015
    Joseph, Or
    @ Blooie thank you! Funny, I was thinking of turning the light off at night. I will start with that tonight.
  8. alibabba

    alibabba Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2015
    Southeast PA
    My Coop
    Yep, a hen would be a help.

    My gut feeling is that sand from day earlier on would be a better idea. I added it after a few days. So it was new, and maybe this one thought it delightful. Or maybe it wasnt getting near enough to the food and filled up on sand. But I didn't notice anyone lingering by themselves or being shoved away.

    The tote lid is great. Keeps the food separate from bedding, not too slippery.....and WASHABLE!!!
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    It really did work great...and I had 2 of them so I could put a clean one in while the other dried after washing it.
    Last edited: May 10, 2015
  10. mothersdream

    mothersdream Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2015
    Joseph, Or
    So here I am after midnight thinking they were dead because it's so quiet. I turned their light on and they all stirred, preened a bit and nibbled a bit but when I turned the light off they settled down quickly, no fuss. Hope I am doing the right thing. It's about 68 in here.

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