Old styrofoam coolers work great. The one that I had that was borrowed and never returned was a styrofoam cooler.This is a great addition to the brooding tool box. It doesn't have to be an either/or approach when considering the MHP or the WH. The wool hen could be adapted to be a follow up for the MHP. In my zone 4 climate, I think I'd be tempted to start outdoors with MHP. and ADD wool hen after the chicks get a bit older. One could certainly be innovative in choosing the structure for the wool hen. I might consider: A cardboard box within a cardboard box (or some other structure within the box, with styrofoam or some other insulating layer (even newspaper would work. An old cooler turned upside down with lid removed: cut a cave opening on each of the 2 long sides, and cover the exposed foam with duct tape. (again, I'm thinking about my cold weather. More southern folks could ditch the insulation.
LOL thanks.Your 5 day old video at abut the two minute mark.....CRACKED me up!
Thanks for sharing
Yeeesssssssss!! I've had this idea and have been trying to design something like this forever! I am really glad to see somebody finally made one and it works! I was thinking of like dusters with some kind of warmer in the core, but this is great. Glad I found this!
Maybe a really low watt heat lamp with wool strips hanging from the lamp but not touching the bulb. And thing the whole thing hanging from above their brooder. Then you would basically have a fluffy hen that would brood chicks any time you wanted! Of coarse it wouldn't show them how to eat and all but it would still be WAY better than a heat lamp.
Oh, this is awesome! Thanks for doing this @MargaretYakoda
@micah wotring Ditto. Please don't ever add a bulb to a wool hen. Fire is NOT a fun thing. And it doesn't help the chicks stay warm.I wouldn't use a heat lamp in conjunction with this. That's a very high for hazard even without the fabric touching the bulb. If I needed to add heat I would use a heating pad, regardless of whether I was using a wool hen or not.