Brooder for Texas Summer

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tobster11, May 22, 2019.

  1. Tobster11

    Tobster11 Hatching

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    I am a newbie to chicks, get 7 chicks on June 5th. I have built my coop, 8x8 which has upper screened windows on all sides. My plan was to put them in a plywood brooder inside the coop with a screened top. Question is, will my brooder be too hot since all sides are wood? Using a premier heat plate for warmth when needed. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Where in Texas are you located?
    If the windows can be opened to allow a breeze to enter the coop you should be ok. Does the coop have any shade to keep it from getting too hot? Pictures would help in determining.
     
  3. Tobster11

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    I live in Magnolia Tx. All of my windows are openings in the walls at top 18 inches covered by hardware cloth. The coop does get some shade during the day, I also installed radiant barrier OSB under the tin roof. Seems to lower the temp inside by about 6 degrees from outside
     
  4. Tobster11

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    28E165EF-5AA9-4B83-A1A6-6AA3846F737E.jpeg 60997980-E6A0-40A0-9F86-06E84BA6515D.jpeg 593630BB-7A7E-4EE7-8AE2-49FEE9DF83F5.jpeg here are some pics of the coop and windows
     
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  5. 007Sean

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    They should do fine. I would check the temperature inside the coop and make sure it doesn't get too hot.
     
  6. Tobster11

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    Thanks!
     
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  7. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    I'm not so sure you are going to need any added heat cone June.

    Coop cute.
     
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    Thanks. Heat maybe just a night for a few weeks, that was one of the reasons I went with the heat plate instead of lamp, no radiant heat.
     
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  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    I will be hatching some quail about the same time you're getting your chicks.
    I will probably keep them inside no more than one week but I will be putting them outside without heat.
     
  10. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    I put some chicken chicks out at 2 weeks old last month with no added heat.

    I'm just saying don't stress about adding heat in our weather.
     

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