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Last time I raised chicks I kept the brooder in the bathroom. I really don't want to do that this time around and I have no place in my small house for it. Instead of chicks in getting 2 ducklings beginning of April and here in SC on the coast our night time temps are ranging between 40-upper 50's and highs in the 60's and 70's and in a month that should get much warmer. So I'm thinking with a heat lamp in my shed that they would be ok if I put my brooder in there this time. Any thoughts?
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It's fine as long as you can keep it warm enough. Set it up now with a thermometer and check it (especially at night). Ducklings aren't quite as picky as chicks with the temp, but you still have to keep it warm.

I have ducklings in the house right now and I REALLY wish they were outside. I just can't keep them warm enough even in the garage, but I live in Ohio.

And make sure your shed is predator proof.
post #3 of 9
Just reread your post and noticed your not getting them until April. Set it up a week or two ahead of time and monitor it then.
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Ditto Doubletake.  Set it up ahead of time, and monitor.  There are min-max thermometers - worth their weight in gold, in my opinion.  You can read them to see how cold it got overnight.

 

I found - having set up the brooder ahead of time - that I could keep it at 90F.  And then when the ducklings arrived, with moist bedding, I could not get it above 80F.  So I added another lamp, that I already had, so it was no crisis.

 

By the way I used ceramic lamps I had had for my reptiles (who were deceased at the time we got the Runner babies).

 

Do all you can to prevent fires.

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Ok thanks! I wonder if I put a stuffed animal in there if that would help? I'll look at the tractor supply for those thermometers too. Not sure what a ceramic lamp is. Should I not get the red light if I'm putting in the shed? My shed is critter proof. Actually it's half shed half chicken coop.
Mother of 2, homeschool, have 2 Red Stars, 2 BB, 2 EE, and 2 RR. 1 2 yr old naughty chocolate lab  puppy, 1 14 yr old cockerspaniel. Check out my new blog on keeping chickens, gardening, and growing antique roses in the south at www.hennypennyrosecottage.blogspot.com
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I am not advertising this company - just showing the ceramic heat lamps.

 

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ceramic+heat+lamp

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I am not advertising this company - just showing the ceramic heat lamps.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ceramic+heat+lamp
Thanks!
Mother of 2, homeschool, have 2 Red Stars, 2 BB, 2 EE, and 2 RR. 1 2 yr old naughty chocolate lab  puppy, 1 14 yr old cockerspaniel. Check out my new blog on keeping chickens, gardening, and growing antique roses in the south at www.hennypennyrosecottage.blogspot.com
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Mother of 2, homeschool, have 2 Red Stars, 2 BB, 2 EE, and 2 RR. 1 2 yr old naughty chocolate lab  puppy, 1 14 yr old cockerspaniel. Check out my new blog on keeping chickens, gardening, and growing antique roses in the south at www.hennypennyrosecottage.blogspot.com
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I am not advertising this company - just showing the ceramic heat lamps.


http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ceramic+heat+lamp

Question, can these be used with the clamp style brooder lamps?
Edited by HennyPenny2 - 3/1/16 at 9:05am
Mother of 2, homeschool, have 2 Red Stars, 2 BB, 2 EE, and 2 RR. 1 2 yr old naughty chocolate lab  puppy, 1 14 yr old cockerspaniel. Check out my new blog on keeping chickens, gardening, and growing antique roses in the south at www.hennypennyrosecottage.blogspot.com
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post #9 of 9

I used ceramic bulbs with the clamp style lamps with no problem.

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