Ok, so we have chicks for the first time and we just got them today. We've got our brooder all set up. It's a large cardboard box with a puppy pad on the bottom and sand on top. We have their feed and water and are using an Ecoglow heat plate. As soon as we got them in the brooder, they were active and chirping loudly and then after 20 minutes or so, they huddled up and were still chirping. I placed them under the heat plate in case they were cold and so they'd know where to go for heat. They are super quiet now and have been under there for at least 45 minutes. I have been out there and put my hand under the plate and one chirped a bit. My question is, will they come out on their own? I don't want to fry their little brains under there? Am I just stressing too much? My husband seems to think so. I just want to do everything the right way and for the little buggers to be happy.