Originally Posted by beautifulpirate
Kind of depends on your ambient air temps. And what the chicks want. You'll see it again and again in this thread. It's really about watching the chicks. If they are staying under or right beside MHP all day long, it needs to be warmer. If they are never going under it at all and stay at the opposite side of the brood box all day, it needs to be cooler. If the room they will be in is already heated, I'd probably set the heating pad to 2 at that age personally. Then see where it needs to be adjusted from there as you watch their actions. Of course it may not be what you want to hear since they will be at your moms and you can't watch them. Also, keep in mind they've been under a heat lamp practically since they were born so the idea of no light and a quiet warm cave might take them some getting used to. So don't take them not adapting to it immediately as a sign that you need to adjust the temp right away. You may put each one in the MHP manually and kind of block their exit just for a moment to show them it's OK in there. Of course, they may take to it immediately. You never know.
Very well said!! Good job!! And I agree totally!
Originally Posted by COChix
Snow is flying here. Got up at 6:30 wondering about those baby chicks. So I went out and checked their brooder and it is 75° in there. They were out and about and everything looks dry which is my main concern. I don't really worry about the temperature, given how warm it has been for them. Predictions for snow totals this am are 6-12, hoping for the lesser amount.
UGH...you can keep it down your way. I was supposed to get the chicks moved out today - they were actually in here longer than they should have been. Sweet Pea and Yokel hatched out Tuesday morning and were under MHP Tuesday afternoon. Then yesterday we bought the 7 new little ones. But we ran into a glitch with the outdoor pen....we have one side that seems to want to gap open. We know exactly how we want to fix that, so no problem there, but Ken had to go to Thermopolis for the day and I can't hold the pen and do the securing at the same time. Started having some minor chest pains last night too, so I'm taking it easy today. Don't panic - it's normal sometimes after stenting. Already had it checked out. So it looks like the little boogers will be in here until tomorrow. Don't like keeping them in the house this long. I like to get them out and acclimating and the longer they are indoors the more they adjust to a warmer ambient temperature.
Originally Posted by hpierce88
So I've got my MHP set up in a large (airline approved type) dog kennel, using the XL Sunbeam heating pad as recommended, covered with the press 'n seal (holy cow, that is some pretty nifty stuff!!), and a towel over the whole thing covering the back of the arch and overhanging a bit in the front, pine shavings as the flooring, and pine shavings on top of the MHP so it adds a whole other level of "floor space," but the indoor/outdoor thermometer is telling me it's only 78 degrees in there, with only 1% humidity. There's 10 chicks in there that I just brought home today. They are huddled in the back corner together, with the exception of two who don't seem that sleepy right now hanging out near the front, and all is quiet right now, with the occasional little, soft toned peep peep. Does that mean they're okay with the temp? A little while ago they were all out and about eating and checking things out - one even tried to get on top of the MHP, but she's not quite big enough yet, and all the little wing-flapping she was doing was futile with those little wing-nubs. It was so cute. Such a valiant attempt. I have the heating pad on setting 6, the highest it will go.
Just checked on them again....temp says 80 now. Still only 1% humidity, which is weird since the rest of the house is at 34%. Maybe the pine shavings affect that?
Breeds: 6 Speckled Sussex, 2 Buff Orps, 1 Red Cross, 1 Barred Rock. I am also waiting on 2 Silver-laced Wyandottes coming in Mon/Tue.
Humidity isn't an issue that you even need to worry about. Their poop and respiration will bring that up soon enough, and I don't imagine the humidity under a heat lamp is much better. That's some hot, dry air right there! None of us (that I'm aware of anyway) even think about humidity. Sounds like they are doing just fine otherwise!
Originally Posted by aart
We've had that swing a few times in the last month or so, a few days of 'spring' weather .....then more cold and snow/sleet/rain...Oh, wait, that is spring weather in MI.......haha!
Was not going to rub it in...but we are back to warm and dry again.....I threw(literally) all the chicks out into the run.
Waterer ran out this morning, put the HNippler in, they all went right at it but most couldn't push hard enough. Let them struggle with it for a few hours, they'll get it eventually...then threw them out where there's another waterer.
I know, I know, take all other water away.....my circus, my monkeys. ;-)
Dug up some of the hard packed ground and they dove in to roll around....they are so funny.
Exactly!! Now let me do a little "rubbing in" just to get even:
Sweet Pea and Yokel using the horizontal nipple. Took them several tries to figure out that if they even moved the little mechanism a little to the side, water came out. Not a lot, not as much as a full on press, but enough to satisfy them and keep them working at it. Oh, and this was Wednesday. They hatched Tuesday. The new chicks from the feed store are having a harder time with the concept,