MHP (Mama Heating Pad) Question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by haunani, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. haunani

    haunani Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm trying to decide if I need the larger heating pad or if the smaller one will work for me. I'm only going to have 7 chicks for it. Will the 12x15 pad be big enough for them or should I go for the big boy 12x24? It'll be in a wire dog crate with a 48x30 bottom.
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The smaller pad will be fine for that many chicks. I've brooded 12 under the smaller sized pad a few times without issues. The crate may start to get a bit cramped by the time they are four weeks old.
     
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  3. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    x2.....the smaller one will be just fine! By the time they are so big they don't fit, they don't need it anymore anyway. Good luck!
     
  4. haunani

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    Thank you!

    I can expand it with a second, slightly smaller crate if they aren't ready to head outside yet, but I think by the time they need the space, they can just go out.
     
  5. DourS

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    I don't mean to butt into the middle of this thread but can someone get me a link to the mama's heating pad everyone is referring to?
    I've googled with no luck.

    thanks
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

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    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    If you haven't bought your heating pad yet, think ahead to the future. Once you brood chicks under the MHP system, I promise you will never go back to a heat lamp. If you anticipate adding to your flock in the future with perhaps double the number of chicks as this first time, I would go ahead and get the large pad so you will be set for future chicken math attacks.
     
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  8. DourS

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    so the mamas heating pad is just a regular heating pad with the cover built over it? Can someone recommend a good heating pad?
    I think some of the automatically shut off after 2 hours.
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Most using heating pads use Sunbeam pads, but any pad without an auto shutoff will work. You do need an adjustable frame to keep the pad up so the chicks can snuggle under. I like to use a piece of of scrap welded wire fencing.
     
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    I wonder if a foil top cover or a aluminum cookie sheet would reflect heat downward from the top of the pad? too hot on the pad that way? Questions keep growing, lol.
    How about a pvc rack to hold up a supported Flat Panel heater so it could be raised or lowered for comfort levels as chicks get bigger?? I use a pvc rack that is 16" W x 32" L that supports the heat lamp now. Will need to get a much larger chick home all too soon. The Flat heater would be good for one end and the other non-heated of about 26"W x 48" L is envisioned.
    The 3/4" pvc is 8 ea Street Ells, 4ea T's, 2 ea of 16"l bottom legs across the counter top, the top area is 4 pieces of 3/4" pvc wide dimension with 3 32" cross supports for the heat lamp to suspend from it with a sash chain support for lamp height and side to side movement. See it as a wide U with the legs in 4 pieces with a T in the middle at each end. 2 90 degree Ells on the ends at both sides with the front one piece of 32" and the middle likewise, open to the rear with the ells pointing down to the next cross support; 4 pieces of 16" x 3/4" pvc w/ 2 T's for a cross support for strength. 2 Ells at the bottom pointed to the front to put the Bottom legs into.
    It is all just shoved together to take apart later; the vertical top 16" support posts can be changed to longer pieces as need for higher bulb / flat panel heater placement can be easily done with a small hammer or mallet to dislodge the upper supports (vertical). Picture on request; my camera sometimes is a major pain. I took 6 pics and these 2 are all that made it to the pc's memory.

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