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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jimandkira2002, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. jimandkira2002

    jimandkira2002 Out Of The Brooder

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    My heating lamp just went out and my little chicks are only 2 days old! Can I use a heating pad under the brood box to keep them warm? Will that be enough till I can get another bulb tomorrow?
     
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    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    There is an excellent article written by Blooie about use of a heating pad to brood chicks. Many of us now use nothing but a heating pad. It provides a much more natural source of heat that mimics a broody hen. But, the secret is to place the heating pad over a wire frame, and tuck both pad and frame inside a pillow case so the chicks can't get caught between wire frame and the pad. You can click on the link to her article in my signature line. If you are brooding chicks inside, the standard heat lamp bulbs usually kick out too much heat anyways. You only want to heat a very small area of the brooder, allowing the rest of the brooder to be about 20* cooler than the heated end.
     
  4. jimandkira2002

    jimandkira2002 Out Of The Brooder

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    I unfortunately don't have any wire to put it on :( All I can do is put it under the pee pee pad I have on the bottom of my brood box. I only have the heat source on one side of the brood box so they can get away from it when ever they want. My lamp wasn't that close and I had a thermometer in there with them and I don't let it get above 95F. :(
     
  5. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just use a light bulb for tonight, unless your heating pad will stay on all the time. Most pads turn off after 2 hrs.
     
  6. jimandkira2002

    jimandkira2002 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have one that will stay on. I foster neonatal kittens so I always have heating pads that don't have the 2 hour shut off on them :) All my little chicklets are laying on the pad now with a cloth cover over it so its not to hot for them.
     
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  7. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Excellent, it sounds like your good to go for tonight!
     

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