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

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

  1. perilloux5

    perilloux5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you are. Without the harsh light on 24/7 they start to settle down when it starts getting dark and you do not hear too many peeps out of them until it gets light again. This more realistically simulates what would happen if they were being raised by a hen. The main thing is they get used to settling down when it starts getting dark. No more chicks peeping all night long. [​IMG]
     
  2. Silver Chick

    Silver Chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Great Idea ^-^
     
  3. mothersdream

    mothersdream Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks perilloux5. [​IMG] I was thinking the light on all night wouldn't be good for them but without a "mamma" to keep them warm or snuggle with I worried. Funny thing, they didn't huddle together like I thought they might.
     
  4. perilloux5

    perilloux5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they get cold they will bed down together and make their own heater. It took a few days to get mine to go under the heating pad and when I reached down and started scooping them under the pad they were hot from the accumulated body heat. Just check on them for a couple of nights and if they are not bunched together then they are not cold.
     
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  5. Blooie

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  6. maybaby45

    maybaby45 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I'm getting day old chicks this week and trying this. It is currently 60 here at night so I might not need the pad up as high? Or will they just move out if they get too hot?
     
  7. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    If you have the Sunbeam one as recommended then you can start out at 5 or even 6 and see how they do. Day olds need more heat than older chicks. I think you and your chicks are going to be very happy with this! Are you brooding them indoors or out? If they get too warm they'll move toward the front of the "cave" and even spend time on top of it. Just because you don't see them hiding in there all the time doesn't mean they aren't using it. They don't spend every minute under Mama Hen, either. So don't panic if you don't see them under it all the time.
     
  8. maybaby45

    maybaby45 Out Of The Brooder

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    Im keeping them indoors at least a week so I can finish up the coop. I just didn't want to bake the poor things. LOL I did get a sunbeam pad like was posted so I will try out 6 and go from there.

    I just checked and they are marked as shipped on the Meyers website! We are so excited!
     
  9. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    If you've read the thread, you know the drill - PICTURES!
     
  10. maybaby45

    maybaby45 Out Of The Brooder

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    Definately!
     

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