BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Raising Baby Chicks › Brooder temperature
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Brooder temperature

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 

I was reading in this forum about the temperatures the brooder is meant to be at eat week. We bought a brooder, which seems to be pretty commonly used, but it has no temperature control -- it just has a heat lamp so essentially the chicks temperature control themselves, by either being close to the bulb or moving away. Is this ok?

post #2 of 3

You are absolutely correct,

The chicks will congregate in the heat when they need the warmth and disperse from the heat source when they want to be cooler.  The first week of brooding has a target temp of 95, then each successive week, the temp goes down by 5-degrees.  i.e. 90,85,80 by the 4th week, chicks begin to feather well and can usually be in the ambient temperature.  

 

If chicks press against the area of the brooder farthest from the heat source, they may be too hot.  You can lower the temperature by raising the distance of your heat lamp from the floor of the brooder.  

 

It's just 48 hours since the first of my 6 hatched on Friday morning.  With our TX heat, I'm beginning to wonder how large an area I will need to have them be able to be cool enough. 

"Was dich nicht umwirft, macht dich starker"   "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."-Friedrich Nietzsche 

In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth as he sees it. - Pasternak

 

BYC page:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chickats-page

BYC blog of sorts  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/jottings-ii

Cream Legbar Club  www.creamlegbarclub.com

Reply

"Was dich nicht umwirft, macht dich starker"   "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."-Friedrich Nietzsche 

In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth as he sees it. - Pasternak

 

BYC page:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chickats-page

BYC blog of sorts  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/jottings-ii

Cream Legbar Club  www.creamlegbarclub.com

Reply
post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 

Thanks! So far it seems to be ok since they are moving back and forth between the light and the corners.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Raising Baby Chicks
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Raising Baby Chicks › Brooder temperature