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

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

  1. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    putting a night light in the coop may help. just one of those cheepo landscape lights with photocells.

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  2. lpyrbby

    lpyrbby Chillin' With My Peeps

    My last batch started roosting in their pen around 6 weeks of age I'd say, and then for the next two weeks, started bugging the hell out of me to let them roost with the big birds. Finally gave in and it didn't take them long at all. They were locked out of their brooder pen at 8 weeks and there were only a few stragglers that needed help. They figured it out quickly :) Give it time, they'll get it soon!
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  3. Fuzzy Butt Spa

    Fuzzy Butt Spa New Egg

    Jun 8, 2017
    What is and how do you make a mama heating pad
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC @Fuzzy Butt Spa !!
    There's thousand pages in this thread, half of them describe the what and how... at least the first post and a lot of the others and you'll know. ;)
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  5. UrbanFlock916

    UrbanFlock916 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2017
    Thanks for all the contributions to this great thread. It was really helpful to read through trials and tribulations to understand how best to make a MHP. I thought I'd share what I've been using for the past week with our three new chicks.

    I used a peg board to build the structure and dowels to hold the heating pad. The dowels are sufficiently spaced so the chicks can touch their backs directy to the heat source. Dowels are also great because I can easily adjust the height of the pad as the birds grow. I placed a piece of peg board on top of the heating pad and cover it with a towel, since I’d read that the chicks will like hanging out up there during the day. The towel is usually draped over the heating pad so to keep the heat trapped. We monitor the heat with a wireless thermometer. On high, the heating pad keeps the MHP between 90-95 degree F. The dowels are sanded on the edges to be round and I used zip ties to connect the pegboard pieces. Overall, it was a fairly inexpensive but sturdy and effective tool. Thanks for all the help from the many posts in this thread!

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  6. MichelleT

    MichelleT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2014
    Denver, CO
    "They're growing up so fast!" (my 15 year old daughter as the chicks went up the ramp into the coop at bedtime for the first time tonight :))

    Those crazy chicks LOVE the coop... they're in there for about 1/2 of the day off-and-on... even though it's hot and stuffy. They love to roost on the very top roosts and watch the big girls lay eggs. The past couple of days they've taken to hunkering down in the nesting boxes, just like the big girls! And now the big girls are all out of sorts because the chicks sometimes have taken over the nesting boxes when they (big girls) are ready to lay. :lau
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  7. ShidelsRestBB

    ShidelsRestBB Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2015
    My Coop
    Hi everyone. Been a very long time. This is our 2nd year with Partridge Chanteclers. I love this breed. We used a 2x king heating pad setup this year. Our brooder is 4ft x 8ft long. Attaching photos.

    Had some Plymouth Rock x babies in this bunch. They're the blonde ones. The purebred are colour sexed. Only roos have a solid black tail. The PR crosses were all pullets. We only had 3 roos. I like those numbers...


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  8. Melodychick

    Melodychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2017
    South Mississippi
    This is so cool! I admit I haven't read the whole thread-yet, but I believe I got the gist of it. Can't wait to give it a try!!!
  9. NorthTexasWink

    NorthTexasWink Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2017
    Arlington, Texas
    Just a quick pic of my new layer pullets with my seedling mat brooder cave. Just got them in the mail this morning. The red lighting is just Christmas lights way up high on the frame of the converted plant growing tent the brooder is set into. I feel they help cut down on pecking, but can't prove it. No heating lamps or light bulbs for me!

    The seedling mat is waterproof and thermostatically controlled. I also use other remote digital thermometers and a regular old school thermometer to keep track of the temps. This is a very large mat, about 4.5 ft x 3 ft. It easily keeps temps about 15-25 degrees F above ambient temps (can push it higher), which works for MY situation. It's on a wire base made from shelving I had around, half is on a sheet pan/cookie tray. I make different heights along the length so the chicks can pick their comfortable temps.

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  10. darttater

    darttater Just Hatched

    Jul 7, 2017
    Frederick MD
    I've been following this thread for a while and have finally made my first MHP. This is also my first time raising chickens as well so next few months will be interesting. The first batch of chicks arrived today and they have been taken to the MHP excellently. It's really fun watching them running in and out of the MHP. They are in a hoop house outside and protected by electric netting so there's a lot of space for them at the moment. Thank you Blooie for this awesome idea!
    Update: I went to check on the chicks after dark earlier and half of them were outside of the MHP all huddled together. So I took them and put them inside the MHP and turn the pad down to medium. Maybe it was too hot in there. Waited around awhile after and it's all quiet so hopefully they're ok.
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