Reptile heat mat for brooding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mrslb333, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Hiya, I'm having a bit of a panic. I set up all new brooders and heating in my new shed as hubby said I could have my incubators in the house but he'd rather I kept the birds outside, spoil sport [​IMG] As I say everything is set but I have just realised they are fine for chicks but the Button quail I have hatching as we speak will be able to get out of easily [​IMG]
    My options now are quite limited so I'm thinking I have a cage similar to this one

    And I have a few different sized reptile heat mats would they work?
    What size would I need?
    The cage measures 8 Litre - 46 x 30 x 17cm
    I have approx 8 due to hatch they are really tiny same sort of size as bumble bees.
    Thanks in advance
    Lucy x
  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Everything I've seen says you have to heat chicks from the top. What if you made something for the heat mat to sit on so it would be above them? A cardboard box with one side cut out, like a cubby, maybe?

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