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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 Premium Member

    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!
  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...
    ......read at least the first post and a lot of the others and you'll know. ;)
  5. UrbanFlock916

    UrbanFlock916 New Egg

    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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