Originally Posted by LittleMissPurdy
I put #3 in with the other two..it is doing just fine with them. They are all about the same size. I showed them all the water..dipped beaks and I had scatter the FF on the towels, it has dried from the lamp, they are pecking at it. The other three eggs, still no pips, but holding out hope...there is still time.
Have a question for anyone with an answer...The chicks were chirping really loud, saw they were away from the(heat) lamp area-to the farthest corner. So, I turned off the lamp. Now they are back to that corner(were the lamp was pointed). The temp in that "spot" WAS 93...NOW down to 90....too hot for them?? the room it self is appro. 85ish ...very warm. Can I keep light(s) off in the room? If they were with Momma, it would be dark right now....That is what I am thinking anyway....is this wrong? The room is very warm. They are not 'looking' cold/chilled...any and all experience/opinions would be appreciated...Thank you-Danielle
it is a very 'comfortable' situation......I think he knows I am going to get my way, he just likes the game... There is give on both sides...he can walk into any fishing /hunting/tool area and know I won't say a thing....23 yrs. does that to a couple..
Another option for the heat... since it is so warm right now they won't need much of a supplement. You could try a 60 watt lizard lamp. They are ceramic coils that radiate heat but don't make any light. You just put them in the metal brooder light shell like a regular bulb. They come in a variety of watt ratings for you to choose from. We use one in Gracies broody hut last winter to keep her water from freezing when we didn't want her exposed to light all of the time. Worked like a charm. They are more expensive, but do last a long time, and can really work well to fill the little niche of needing a bit of heat but no light.
Available at about any pet store that sells reptiles, also at places like Petco and other similar large pet stores.
We also used them for our meaties this past spring when they were in the brooder (first 2 wks) They seemed happy with the more natural cycle of light/dark also.
Brinsea makes a heat pad on stands that works well for smaller numbers of chicks, the leg stands can adjust up a bit... when they are cold they go under, when not they just hang out elsewhere in the brooder. It is probably available from other companies also, but I am familiar with the Brinsea one so mentioned it first.