Originally Posted by teach1rusl
Remember, the lamp you're providing is not for heating up the entire brooder - it's only supposed to be a warm up spot - just as chick will run around and then go under momma for their warm up spot. So make sure the lamp is NOT heating the entire brooder up. The food/water should NOT be under the lamp either.
If he is cross beaked, you'll want to make sure his food/water dishes are deeper as he grows. The problem with scissor beak is that they often have a harder time picking up pieces of food and/or drinking...the deeper dishes better enable them to do so, because they can kind of scoop rather than pick.
Place a small mirror in there with him (on the non lamp side) and a stuffed animal if available.
Also, pet stores (reptile section) offers smaller bulbs than 250. Hopefully you're not having to use a 250 watt bulb????
The lamp isn't heating up the entire brooder, but he doesn't seem like the brightest of chicks.
There's a shady spot, and a warm spot. Sometimes he'll go to the warm spot, lay down, and start panting. But he doesn't move, so I have to move him to the shady spot.
Thank you for the tip! He can eat and drink pretty well, and he pooped for the first time today so that's good.
I gave him a stuffed animal, and he loves it. I unfortunately don't have a small mirror, but he loves human interaction more than chick interaction anyway. He used to have a chick (who sadly died this morning) but completely ignored him.
I'm not using a 250 watt bulb. It's a normal heat lamp bulb meant for chicks, that I've successfully used for many years.
Thanks for the help!