Brooder temp questions..

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  1. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question and the brooder temp. I have 5 ducklings they will be 3 weeks tomorrow and 85 F is too hot for them so I try to keep it at 80 but I haven't been able to. I can get it to 75 but is that going to be too cold for 3 week old ducklings? I have 3 mallards and 2 khaki Campbells.

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    here is a picture of them huddled in a corner when temp was 85 F this is the corner furthest away from the light.
     
  2. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With a red heat lamp you should be able to elevate it above the tub to regulate the heat, that is what i do with my grey tub. It sits on the wire top the first week i then use an overhead support to elevate it over one end dropping temp 5deg per week.
     
  3. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah thats what I have been doing but I just cant seem to find the right position for 80F I am just wondering if they will be fine with 75 F they dont seem to be too cold or too hot .
     
  4. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hahah I just realised I have their age wrong...the mallard will be 2 weeks tomorrow. The khaki will be 3 weeks wed. But they seem to be doing fine with the 74 F so I think that it will be fine for them :)
     
  5. DawnB

    DawnB Chillin' With My Peeps

    The other thing you could try is getting a dimmer switch. You can get them at any big box store for a few bucks (I had one from my xmas decorations). I'm using one right now and it helps a lot to zero in on the right temp for the birds. It also does away with having to move the light up (which really didn't work for my setup) or changing bulb wattages.

    The one I have is like an extension cord and has a sliding switch that turns the light on/off and varies the intensity. It works great!
     
  6. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay so is 75 too cold for them? thats my only question...If so I can figure out how to get it to 80F. thanks for the help with figured how to get it to 80F :)
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Can you use a chair to clamp you light to sometimes tha helps, but if they are acting comfortable at 75 then that temp is good. if they were cold they would be piled on top of each other under the lamp. we forget that when they sleep close together like in your one pic they keep each other warm.
     
  8. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have it clamped on a chair already I'll post a picture of my setup :)
     
  9. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a picture. You can see the chair I have it clamped to. [​IMG]
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    since you have just the top open with wire I'd say they are staying pretty cozy in there at the temp you have them at. I think over heating would be more of a concern,. They look very healthy and happy, so your doing everything right. Now if the temp drops over night to say 70 then you'll need to make adjustments that would probably be too cool at their age.
     

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