Premier 1 heat plate- WHAT do I put under it?

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  1. jallen062

    jallen062 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! Setting up the brooder coop! So I put down newspaper for now, I have large shavings after the possibility of splayed legs is over. But WHAT should I put under the plate for them to lay on?

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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Newspaper is too slick. Anything slick is the cause of slipped tendon/splayed leg.
    Replace that with paper towels.

    After a couple days you can go to shavings.
     
  3. jallen062

    jallen062 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK! Can I put paper towels UNDER the plate?
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I do. That's the beauty of the plate. Never a danger of fire.
     
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    jallen062 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! On my way to get them now[​IMG]
     
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    jallen062 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, this group is a ROWDY bunch LOL! Anyway, they found the heat plate, cheeped annoyingly until I got it at the right level. Now they are all under there and have been SILENT for 15 minutes. I should take this as a sign that it's at the right height?
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Yes. They should just be able to waddle under it. I caution that it needs to be raised every couple days.
     

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