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Did it get too cold? :(

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((It's 4 am here so I apologize for any poor grammar))
My poults are a month old today and here is my situation: It got up to almost 90 in my room last night where I brood my babies, and nobody was happy about it! It was 75* in the rest of the house, so like an idiot I unplugged the heat lamp, vowing to turn it back on when the room cooled off. Well---I FELL ASLEEP! 2:30am I get up to get a glass of water and I feel that it is considerably colder, check my babies and they are both huddled closely in a corner of the bin, and my house thermostat read 71*. So I turn on the heat lamp and the poults wake up, puff up, and silently stand under the lamp for about 5 minutes. Now they are acting completely normal, eating and drinking and chirping. I thought they would chirp and complain if they got too cold, but they were quietly asleep all night until I turned the lamp back on. I feel really bad. :(

Anyways my questions are (1) How do I wean them off the heat lamp? It gets WAY too hot in here even for them, and I cant raise my lamp any higher than what it is now, (2) Is 70 degrees low enough to make my month old babies sick/chilled? Going by the -5*/week guide they should be at least 75* correct? and (3) Now that they are warmed up and acting normal, anything I should watch for?

I apologize again for the grammar and the worrying, I am a first-time turkey mom and these two babies are pretty much my life right now. :hu

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At a month I would think 71. Would not be too cold.

Keep it off all day see how they act. Plus it will acclimate them to temp changes thru out the day.
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Thank you, I am so glad they are okay! I think they were just sleepy and warming up in the light because they thought it was morning! They are perfectly fine today so far! :)

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You can also switch to a lower wattage bulb if you need to. I use 75w reptile bulbs.

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Originally Posted by SunHwaKwon View Post

You can also switch to a lower wattage bulb if you need to. I use 75w reptile bulbs.

Thanks! Now that is is summer, luckily it is staying between 70-80. After a day without the heat lamp they are all acting normal! I switched to a cfl with a light diffuser so it's not TOO bright, but the brooder bin is bright enough for them to see. It works perfectly, I unplug it at sunset and they get a natural dark period and sleep through the night now--- which is a big relief here seeing as they are in my bedroom. :rolleyes:

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