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First time with baby chicks- Need Help

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I just 2 orpingtons and rhodeisland chicks from a cousin.... They are like 2-3 weeks old, Its summer in here like 44-46 Degree Celsius in here . Can anybody please help me out that they need heat through a bulb or is it already too hot for them ? Urhent help needed !
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I just 2 orpingtons and rhodeisland chicks from a cousin.... They are like 2-3 weeks old, Its summer in here like 44-46 Degree Celsius in here . Can anybody please help me out that they need heat through a bulb or is it already too hot for them ? Urhent help needed !


If the chicks are unable to get away from 44-46 C. they will die (too hot). For two chicks a twenty watt bulb is big enough and at 2-3 weeks old they need to be able to get away from the heat.

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Chicks are vulnerable to temperature extremes until they are completely feathered, usually around five weeks old. Until then, you need to keep their environment as close to their body temperature as possible. Right around 35C would be about right.

 

You certainly don't want to add any more heat to an already very hot environment. If you can't provide a cooler place for the chicks, then giving them plenty of shade and plenty of cool fresh water will help, also good ventilation with moving air, like a fan or breeze.

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That seems like a good idea .... Thanks guys smile.png
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