Average temp for indoor brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by princessjessica, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. princessjessica

    princessjessica New Egg

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    I have 4 day old babies. They are set up in a 18 gallon rough neck container. How high up should the light be? I don't want my new friends getting too hot. I have a 250 watt bulb in the lamp. How do I tell if they are getting too hot also? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. aggiemae

    aggiemae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A 250 watt seems like a lot for a box that size. I have a 125 watt in a 2x3 38" tall brooder and it's plenty warm (and uses lots less power) The temperature chicks need will vary. Put the lamp to one side or the other not in the center so they can have a cooler spot.

    You will know if the box is too hot becuse they will avoid the area right under the lamp. If it's too cold they will cheep loudly and pile up on to of each other to keep warm. If it's just right they will use the whole box, cheep quietly and just sleep where ever they happen to drop.

    If it's too hot raise the light a few inches every 1/2 hour until it's right, if they are cold lower it..

    Our chick where hatched on Thursday and I pre-warmed the brooder to 90 degrees so I could adjust the lamp up and down easily. The brooder is 87 degrees under the lamp and 83- 84 degrees offside. This is 8-10 degrees cooler than recommended in books butslightly warmer that I started out with last years chicks. I will drop the temp 4-5 degrees every week. Though I put them outside in a covered run on warm days I bring the chicks in at night and usually keep it at 70 (maybe 65) degrees until they are well feathered and the outside night time temp is warm enough to put them into the coop with the ladies.
     
  3. PollyC

    PollyC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the chicks I have in the house brooders I have a 40 watt light bulb in the totes with it just high enough so they can't reach it. I figure my house is kept at 70 or better so they are warm enough. They will sleep under the light but are always running around the tote and seem to be happy. I leave my chicks in the house til 4 weeks then they go out to the brooder barn where they will stay till completely feathered out. Because it is colder out there they have 75 watt bulbs and I cover the brooders at nite to hold the heat. They are thriving.
     
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    By the time you get the bulb high enough, you won't have a cool space in the brooder. I'd suggest a regular light bulb. No, it won't be red but white light beats cooked peeps every time. Those 250 lamps are for unheated outbuildings or very large spaces with lots of chicks to warm.
     

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