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post #11 of 15

I read this thread and saw that you've received a ton of advice and information, so I decided to pass on commenting. But the image of those two 250 watt heat lamps blazing away inside your coop wouldn't leave my brain.

 

You went to an awful lot of expense and trouble to install those heat lamps, and it's really not what your chicks need. It would be fine if you were creating a hot house to grow orchids, but baby chicks aren't plants.

 

Ridge posted the heat guideline chart, and even specified at what ages the temperatures were to be applied, but no where in the heat guidelines does it ever say: Temperatures indicated are directly beneath the heat source ONLY! Not applicable to the rest of the brooder environment, which must be much cooler than temps under the heat source.

 

There. Now I feel much better. :duc I hope this helps.

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
@azygous thanks for the advice lol
I have taken the temperature all over the coop and the warmest it gets is 70 degrees with them on so I don't think I am cooking them. It's in the 30s at night and my silkie breeder suggested I do not leave them outside in those temperatures as they may die. Anyway I'll be sure to keep an eye on the temperature. It's only on at night when it's cold to maintain around 60-70 degrees.
post #13 of 15

@gabz44 how are your girls adjusting to their new coop?

post #14 of 15
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@Wyorp Rock you are so sweet for asking. They seem so happy smile.png. The silkies are definitely afraid to go down to the run though and get stuck down there afraid to climb back up.... The silkies also have gotten sooo fluffy. I heard when they are in colder weather their feathers really come in. smile.png now I just have to help them adjust to climbing down to run and back to coop and also drink from the chicken fountain I installed Bc I don't think they get that yet so I've been keeping their regular water jar out.
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Originally Posted by gabz44 View Post

@Wyorp Rock you are so sweet for asking. They seem so happy smile.png. The silkies are definitely afraid to go down to the run though and get stuck down there afraid to climb back up.... The silkies also have gotten sooo fluffy. I heard when they are in colder weather their feathers really come in. smile.png now I just have to help them adjust to climbing down to run and back to coop and also drink from the chicken fountain I installed Bc I don't think they get that yet so I've been keeping their regular water jar out.


I'm glad they are doing well. It takes time for them to adjust to new surroundings. They are still babies yet.:)

I brooded mine in the coop in summer, the first thing they got was coming out , but at night they would all line up on a tree branch  in the run. I would dutifully place them all in the coop for the night. One night I went out and they weren't in the run. Looked in the coop and there they were just looking at me like "what?! we can do this by ourselves!"

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