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Brooder heat question..

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Balboaroc, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. Balboaroc

    Balboaroc In the Brooder

    Feb 2, 2009
    Carroll County, MD
    I'm getting ready to go get my baby chicks tomorrow and I've been playing around with the heat lamp in the brooder.

    We are using a galvanized tub and have the heat lamp (a red 250W bulb) hanging over the right side. We have the water and food near the middle on the edges and then the other side is just space.

    The space right under the bulb is 105, near the food/water is 95, and at the other end is 88.

    We are only getting 8 chicks. Should I leave the set up like this?

    Should I raise the bulb on the one side higher so its only 95-100?

    Should I raise the bulb higher and make it central to the whole tub?

    Thanks! I'm so excited to be getting chicks tomorrow!! [​IMG]

  2. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    Raise it higher.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Raise it higher. You want the temp. right under the heat lamp to be 90 to 95 for the first week, with a place for them to get away from it if they get too hot.

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