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Chick en masse movement in brooder

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I've, what seems to me, a weird issue. I got my chicks a little over a week ago. The heat lamp is over one 1/2 of my brooder, and the chicks have historically congregated near it. Yesterday we moved the lamp up a few inches; now many of the chicks are piling on the opposite side of the brooder where there is no heat lamp. I've kept the bedding clean, plenty of food and water, no cannibalism, etc. They seem fat and happy, but I'm a little concerned about their sudden relocation. If anyone has any ideas or thoughts I'm happy to entertain them. Maybe I'm concerned where there should be none? Thanks in advance.
6 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 6 Columbian Wyandottes, 6 Australorps, 3 Speckled Sussex, and 4 Red Sex Links (at least I think they are RSLs).
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6 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 6 Columbian Wyandottes, 6 Australorps, 3 Speckled Sussex, and 4 Red Sex Links (at least I think they are RSLs).
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Sounds like they are too hot. I know you moved the lamp up, how warm is it down there?
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Thanks, OrganicFarmWife. I expanded the brooder today, and kept the light where I'd moved it. It's 85-ish under the light, and in the high 70s on the other side of the brooder. They seem happy now. Thanks for your help!
6 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 6 Columbian Wyandottes, 6 Australorps, 3 Speckled Sussex, and 4 Red Sex Links (at least I think they are RSLs).
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6 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 6 Columbian Wyandottes, 6 Australorps, 3 Speckled Sussex, and 4 Red Sex Links (at least I think they are RSLs).
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Thanks, OrganicFarmWife. I expanded the brooder today, and kept the light where I'd moved it. It's 85-ish under the light, and in the high 70s on the other side of the brooder. They seem happy now. Thanks for your help!
No problem, sounds like they are very content
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