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Electric Timer for Brood

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With today's technology is there a 'smart' timer out there that will turn on based on expected or measured temperature and time of day?

 

It gets pretty cold here at night and rather then me walking out and plugging/unplugging when it get cold at night, wondering if there is a way to work smarter not harder here.

 

:) appreciate the help in advance.

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How old are your chicks? I do not know of any such technology, but that is mostly because people keep the heat constant until 3 or 4 weeks when they wean them from the heat.
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How old are your chicks? I do not know of any such technology, but that is mostly because people keep the heat constant until 3 or 4 weeks when they wean them from the heat.

 



I believe they just hit the 4 week mark. If there is such thing I am looking for, I would like to incorporate it into the coop for the really low freezing temperatures.
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By using a heating pad brooder, you can use less electricity, and the chicks can better regulate their temps. Heat lamps tend to heat too much area, and are very dangerous in an enclosed space like a coop. With a heating pad brooder, the chicks go under it to warm up, like an artificial mother hen. The rest of their space is not heated, so the chicks feather out much faster and are much more cold-hardy.

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Originally Posted by OrganicFarmWife View Post

How old are your chicks? I do not know of any such technology, but that is mostly because people keep the heat constant until 3 or 4 weeks when they wean them from the heat.

 



I believe they just hit the 4 week mark. If there is such thing I am looking for, I would like to incorporate it into the coop for the really low freezing temperatures.
I do not know of any, but once chickens are adults they do not need heat at all. My birds happily spend their winters in my unheated barn in Nebraska where we hit the negatives.
At 4 week they are ready to live without the heat lamp. It sounds like you have been hardening them off nicely turning the lamp off during the day and turning it on at night. At 4 weeks you could stop turning it on.
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