A step into the unknown... heat lamps and chicks!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenmad129, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. chickenmad129

    chickenmad129 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi BYC[​IMG]
    I getting three, 4-week old chicks soon. I have built a large brooder area in the shed but I'm unsure of how to heat it. I'm a little confused about dull emitters and the different types of heat lamps and how to hang them ect. so if anyone could help, that would be amazing!!

    Any extra hints or tips about raising chicks would be fab too[​IMG]

    Thank you[​IMG]
     
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  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where are you located? At 4 weeks they should pretty well be feathered out and not need a heat lamp. Our chicks were in the main coop at that age with no heat. Temps in low 40s at night.
     
  3. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

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    Right. And the weather is also warming up so I doubt your month old chicks are going to need any heat at all. Just make sure they aren't subjected to any dampness and cold drafts.
     
  4. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    Instead of heat lamps, why not try the Momma heating pad? (MHP)
    Many members have had great succsess with it, and it is 500 times safer. Good luck with your chicks! :thumbsup

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update
    -Banti
    @Blooie can help you if you run into trouble.
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat^^^

    Can depend on how warm they were kept the first 4 weeks of their lives too....
    ......so ask the whoever you are getting them from how they have been kept.
     
  6. chickenmad129

    chickenmad129 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I'm from scotland, uk so I guess the weather is a little colder over here, around 25 at night. I'm also getting bantams so they take longer to feather out. Thank you for all the replies, you have all been super helpful! Also, what bedding do I use for them?
     

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