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Brooder Temperature *EMERGENCY*

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Hi everyone, I am getting chicks tomorrow and I know everything to do... except one thing. I have a thermometer in my brooder but no matter how high I raise my heat lamp it still says it is over 100 degrees. I have a red bulb heat lamp and it is so strong and hot. I was told to have it at 95 the first week, 90 the second week, 85 the third week, 80 the fourth, and so on. The problem is, I have raised it as high as it can go and I don't know what to do. Anything would be appreciated, please help if you know anything!

post #2 of 6

If all else fails brood them inside and use a incandescent light bulb for heat, checking it of course.

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Originally Posted by Trefoil View Post
 

If all else fails brood them inside and use a incandescent light bulb for heat, checking it of course.


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Can you post pictures of where and how you plan to brood?

Also how large of an area is the brooder?

If the area is very large, and the chicks have plenty of room to move completely away from the lamp and have plenty of cooler areas to get to then you might be ok.

Ideally they won't stay directly under the lamp. But sleep on the outskirts of the light if they have room.

 

http://hencam.com/faq/chick-care/


Edited by Wyorp Rock - 3/22/16 at 7:17pm
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would it work if I kept the light on at different times of day? Keep it on at night, turn it off in the day?

post #5 of 6

Babies need heat that they can get under when needed.

Another option would be something like a Mama Heating Pad Cave.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update

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would it work if I kept the light on at different times of day? Keep it on at night, turn it off in the day?
No. You won't be hot enough during the day. I would test your thermometer first. You should have some drop in temperature if you've raised it. Watts?.
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