brooder heat

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MNmommy, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. MNmommy

    MNmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2009
    central MN
    The first week I kept the temp at 95-97 degrees and at 7 days old I went down to 90 degrees but they all lay right under the light and ball up on each other like they aren't warm enough and keep sleeping on top of each other and I'm worried someone is going to get crushed. I have a digital thermometer that is very sensitive and right now it is saying 93.2 and they are all still on top of each other. One of the polish was panting but kept laying right under the heat?? Should I keep it warmer than the 90 degrees that is suggested? Or should they not need it that warm? They are 10 days old now. They are all bantams so not sure if that matters

  2. Catalina

    Catalina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2007
    I would go by what the chicks look like. If they can get away form the heat they will, but keep it at 95F or whatever they are comfortable with in one corner.

    That way they can choose : Hot, warm, or cool.

    [​IMG] Good luck!
  3. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

    Sep 4, 2008
    I think if they are bantams they are small so their body can't generate as much heat as the standards.

    I'd put the heat lamp in a corner so like catalina said they can choose to go away from it if they're hot and closer to it if they're cold.

    you should be able to tell if they're comfortable- if they're sleeping on top of each other it's s gin that they're cold.

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