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post #31 of 37

My 8 babies are just 3 weeks old today. The nights here  in Dallas Tx are about 80. It's really hard in the late afternoon to keep the brooder under 95.

I put ice packs and ice in their water. I have a fan and a mister going. They seem to be really happy. I let them out in the yard in the evening if I work. 

Morning and evening if I am at home. 

when can I stop the chick starter? They gobble it up as fast as I can give it. I put it in  feeder and sprinkle it in the brooder. 

post #32 of 37

So searched "Brooder Light" and I got this thread and found it's most appropriate to post this youtube link here.

Great guy commentary

Cute 1 day old chicks and ducks

 

AND THE COOLEST BROODER LAMP I NEED TO GET AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!

It is a ceramic brooder heater that does not produce light which allows them to sleep at night because I've been having problems with my ducks being awake at night and napping when it's hotter during the day. So at night I will hear peep peep peep and I'm always so mother conscious that I always need to check to make sure its happy peeps and not uncontended peeps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ADhalFElRQ

post #33 of 37
QQ: we have a 4 wk old americauna and a 5 wk old cinnamon queen. Can they go outside in a coop without a heat lamp? Lowest temp this week will be 62. High temps around 85.
post #34 of 37
If they have enough feathering and there are enough to pile if they want but not so many they smother you should be fine, although I have been known to feel guilty and go out at midnight to plug the lamp back in, only to find them quite content in the corner. It's still warm out, so they should be fine. I usually start at 85 degrees and lower by 5 a week, so your around 70, at 4 weeks. If it's their first time in the coop you might want to hang a light for a week, so they get used to the coop and feel comfortable, then it would be lights out.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #35 of 37

I have 4 eight day old chicks in an outdoor brooder that is only enclosed on the back and one side.

 

If it drops down in the sixties at night I plug in the lamp at 4am and un plug it around 7am just to knock the chill off of them even though they don't act like they need it.  Keep in mind there has been no wind at night.    

post #36 of 37

i have two 6 weeks, 2 five weeks, 2 four weeks, and 2 two weeks and they are spoiled little chicks !!! i have had them in the laundry room, which has a small window to give them fresh air, and i have had the brooder light on since day one. day and night, and I am kind of over it. i feel like they are always AWAKE !!!! its 12:30 am and i just turned off light for the first time, and put in a night light. They cried for about ten minuets, and now it is silent. aahhhh finally. i wanted to gradually get them use to the light, but their noisy activities are keeping me up since my house is not that big. The weather has been nasty el nino for the past week, which is keeping hubby from building coop. i need sun asap so i can get these girls out side. they dont get to go out often due to the rain, but when they do, they loooovvve it. finally peace and quiet.


Edited by lopez95482 - 3/12/16 at 12:31am
post #37 of 37
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Originally Posted by Blooie View Post

x2    My chicks have never seen a heat lamp - and when it gets dark they go to sleep.  All night.  And they wake up with the sun ready to start a new day.  They are brooded outdoors from the start.  
I've done the heat cave with my chicks I hatched! It was my first time to incubate eggs and raise chicks. They are 2 weeks old and were under the "cave" sleeping all night from day one. So glad I didn't have to deal with a light!
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