- Mar 14, 2008
Hello, I am new at this but have tried to do my homework and really appreciate this forum. I have 2 chicks that are 3-4 days old. I have a brooder inside that is a storage bin with a wire top and a 275 Watt heat lamp overhead. I have a thermometer inside and understand it should be 95 deg the first week. However, with these chicks, it seems like they want it cooler. I can't tell but they seem to be panting with their mouth open occasionally--I assume they are hot. They huddle in a certain spot so I checked the temp there and it is closer to 87-90. Is this OK? I seem to be adjusting this darn heat lamp several times a day to get the right setting and I can't figure it out. I lost 1 chick prior to the arrival of these 2 and really want to get this right. Any suggestions? Also, looked at the temperature thread and noted one person asked if the food and water were under the heater area--should they be?