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A step into the unknown... heat lamps and chicks!!

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Hi BYC:D

I getting three, 4-week old chicks soon. I have built a large brooder area in the shed but I'm unsure of how to heat it. I'm a little confused about dull emitters and the different types of heat lamps and how to hang them ect. so if anyone could help, that would be amazing!! 

 

Any extra hints or tips about raising chicks would be fab too:thumbsup

 

Thank you:cd 


Edited by chickenmad129 - 3/13/16 at 8:05am
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Where are you located? At 4 weeks they should pretty well be feathered out and not need a heat lamp. Our chicks were in the main coop at that age with no heat. Temps in low 40s at night.
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post #3 of 6
Right. And the weather is also warming up so I doubt your month old chicks are going to need any heat at all. Just make sure they aren't subjected to any dampness and cold drafts.
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Hi BYC:D
I getting three, 4-week old chicks soon. I have built a large brooder area in the shed but I'm unsure of how to heat it. I'm a little confused about dull emitters and the different types of heat lamps and how to hang them ect. so if anyone could help, that would be amazing!! 

Any extra hints or tips about raising chicks would be fab too:thumbsup ​

Thank you:cd  

Instead of heat lamps, why not try the Momma heating pad? (MHP)
Many members have had great succsess with it, and it is 500 times safer. Good luck with your chicks! thumbsup.gif

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update
-Banti
@Blooie can help you if you run into trouble.
Edited by BantyChooks - 3/13/16 at 8:14pm
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Where are you located? At 4 weeks they should pretty well be feathered out and not need a heat lamp. Our chicks were in the main coop at that age with no heat. Temps in low 40s at night.

Ditto Dat^^^

 

Can depend on how warm they were kept the first 4 weeks of their lives too....

......so ask the whoever you are getting them from how they have been kept.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Hi,

I'm from scotland, uk so I guess the weather is a little colder over here, around 25 at night. I'm also getting bantams so they take longer to feather out. Thank you for all the replies, you have all been super helpful! Also, what bedding do I use for them?

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