- This post was very useful: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update/2960#post_16594470
- The heating pad needs to be inside the frame
- I used a scrap of hardware cloth to make the frame.
- The back of the frame should be 2 inches and the front 4". I ran into problems with the plastic box (don't know what it's called) that attaches the cord to the heating pad. It's actually pretty big.
- I ended up with my frame 5" and 3". This was an issue because the chicks need to be able to touch their backs to the pad while laying down. I put a folded up hand towel inside.
- If you take a pillow case and cut it in half horizontally, half will cover the heating pad and half can be used to cover the wire enclosure.
- I used 3/4" wide elastic to make giant "rubber bands" to hold the pillowcase around the wire frame and heating pad. I used bungee cords to hold the heating pad to the wire frame.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Mama Heating Pad attempt
So on backyardchickens.com, there is a thread about using a heating pad on a frame to brood chicks instead of a heat lamp. I wanted to try it out. I had two chicks die on this method, one I think was sick, the other was my fault. Here's what I learned: