- Apr 17, 2014
I just purchased some chicken and turkey chicks. I bought a starter kit from the hatchery and set it up as directed. I am using a 250 Watt red light bulb but am having trouble getting the temperature to the ideal 95 F. With my thermometer I get readings of anywhere from 80-104. The chicks all seem happy and are never crowding in under the light nor are they trying to get away. Our coop is in an old barn and it is quite drafty. I put some cardboard over part of the brooder guard to help keep some heat in. I believe they must be ok with the warmth now but am wondering what to do as I try to bring the temp down to 70 F over the next month or so. Help please! I have no clue what I'm doing!