Brooder temperature regulation

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Softie, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. Softie

    Softie New Egg

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    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?

    Thanks!
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    How big is the brooder. you need to have a hot side and a cool side. 95F the first week then drop 5F each week
     
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Is it possible that your thermometer might be reading low?
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I also found if you have them inside the house you don't need a 250 watt heatlamp...I just use a reg. 150 or 100 watt bulb in my heatlamp...and measure my lamp placement by a thermometer reading...
     
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  5. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    NY
    ARE THEY IN THE HOUSE?
    Thats a big bulb if they are in the warm house.

    I only keep my new wet chicks at 95 untill they are dry.
    Usually with in 12 hours they want it cooler.
    "YOU DON'T WANT THEM TO HAVE A HEAT STROKE"
    Get it down to 90

    Next time you are at the store Buy some regular yellow bug light bulbs.

    I use 100 watt then then a 60 watt then a 40 watt over time
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  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I personally don't have a thermometer in with my chicks. I turn the heat up or down depending on how they act. Looks like you are paying attention to their needs as best as they can tell you so go ahead and move it up till they reach a happy medium. Do make sure though at night , if your house temps drop, that it does stay warm enough in the brooder under the light.
     
  7. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    This hatch I have still in the house at 3 weeks old and they are down to a 60 watt bulb...

    Your food and water should be away from under the heatlamp...you can get the water too hot...
     
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  8. Softie

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    Thank you for the advice. My brooder is 23" by 16". I think the thermometer is very accurate. They are hovering in an area that is 88 deg. I do have it indoors so now I am thinking I need to get a smaller wattage bulb and have a smaller 95 deg area and they can self regulate a bit better. I read that white light isn't good because it can promote picking and they don't sleep as well. Is this true? I sure appreciate all of this advice!
     
  9. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
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    USE YELLOW BUG LIGHT BULBS THEY ARE NOT AS BRIGHT.

    Get it down to 90 under the lamp.
     
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  10. Softie

    Softie New Egg

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    Thank you. I just happened to have a 100W bug light so that is in, looks like 91 under it and I am testing the temp on the other side right now. The chicks thank you!
     

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