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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HorseCrazyy, Jun 30, 2012.
Oooooh! Looks like you got a silkie, you lucky dawg! I want a silkie!
Your chick looks like a Silkie. Sweet!!! Our daughter and son in law have 4 grown Silkies.
So far I haven't had any get it stuck on their vent but have had a few get it stuck in the down below their vent. Got off with holding their bottoms under warm water then blow drying.
That confirms my suspicions of being a silkie I also went and got 6 more of them last night, and 2ducks
I have chicken envy, MeatNeggs. I've been trying to get a silkie for years.
I got this red basking light at Petsmart. It's 150 watts so I am going to try it. It's about 20-24 inches from floor of brooder, so I think it will put off enough heat. Going to give it a whirl anyway.
Here's front of package.
If you're brooding inside and the room temp is over 60 degrees you can actually just use a 60 - 100 watt white incandescent bulb(no tough use coatings tho) should be plenty to keep them warm.
Put a thermometer on the floor of the brooder directly under the light to see how warm it is, should be about 80-90 degrees, and adjust height of lamp or wattage of bulb accordingly. Also pay attention to chicks behavior; if they're piled right under the light - it's too cold, if they're scattered on edges of brooder - it's too hot, if they're milling around all over - it's just right.
Do you have a temp gauge in the brooder?
The Brooder Temp Formula
Week 1= 90-95°F
Week 2= 85°F
Week 3= 80° F
Week 3= 75° F
Week 4= 70° F
Week 5= 65°F or above