Brooder temp?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by debsman, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. debsman

    debsman Chirping

    Apr 9, 2016
    Waco ky
    I have built a brooder box from plywood. It measures 4ft long 2 ft wide and 2ft tall. It is in a non heated room. Under the heat lamp which is a 250 watt infra red bulb the temp gets up to 99 degrees plus. About 12 inches from center of the light it is between 85 - 90. The light is on one end of the brooder box. Is this ok?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I always set the temperature directly under the light at 85-90. I also use a 125 watt bulb as I find the 250 too hot.
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  3. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    Agree with above. And you need to devise a way to decrease the temp as they grow, so you can wean them from it at 3-4 weeks....
  4. treefarmer42

    treefarmer42 Chirping

    Oct 4, 2014
    Reading, PA
    Sounds perfect to me but I always do the following:
    Check the location of the chicks when they rest. If they are under the center of the heat source and up against each other then it is to high above them. ( they are needing more heat) so lower it. If they are 12 inches or more from the center then raise it, to hot.
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  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    If you don't have your chicks in it yet, set your light so it's around 90 under the light. That's a starting point. I also watch my chicks to see if they are comfortable. It's good that the light is at one end of the box so they can get out of the heat if needed.
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  6. debsman

    debsman Chirping

    Apr 9, 2016
    Waco ky
    Thanks every body. I appreciate it

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