In the Brooder
- Apr 19, 2010
I've got 5 week and a half old chicks that are currently in our guest bathroom (under a heat lamp) just to make sure they stayed warm. They have done fine in there, but I do have a nice brooder in my garage just wasnt sure when I could move them out there. The brooder is approximately 4 ft long and 3 feet wide and the temp varies by from 99 on the side where the head lamp is to 78 on the other side. I checked these temps this morning and it did got down to 35 here last night so the garage was obviously a little cold. I used tape and cardboard around any openinings to reduce any draft. My question is would it be ok to move my chicks out there now? I've read that it needs to be 95 degrees the first week and reduced each week by 5 degrees, but is that for the whole brooder or just near/under the lamp? I could always add anotther heat lamp to the other side just didnt want to cook them.