Brooder Temperature

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PaisyQ, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. PaisyQ

    PaisyQ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2013
    SW Michigan
    Okay, I think I'm okay, but I want to double check here.

    The brooder is the bathtub in my spare bathroom, so it can't really be moved. My house doesn't really regulate temperature really well. In the summer, when the AC is on the spare bathroom is the coolest room in the house, if the door is closed. In the winter with the furnace running, the spare bathroom is the warmest room in the house. Figured this would work out fine, since the babies need warm temperatures. When I first set things up, and was testing things out in preparation for the hatch the temp was staying around 92-97 under the lamp, so all seemed well. Now we've had a cold snap, and the babies are hatched. The temp under the lamp has jumped up to 110 at the highest position I can put the lamp. The far end of the brooder is staying around 85, so they can get away from the heat if they want. But they all seem to want to bed down under the lamp. They aren't piling up on eachother, and they don't seem to be in any distress. If I move them, they all eventually wander back under the lamp. I've tested the temp with two different thermometers, so I'm pretty sure it's accurate, but are they going to be okay?
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    As long as you give them enough room to get out from under the lamp, they are fine. It sounds like you have the perfect temperature setup for them. Content, not piling up on each other, not chirping, sleeping.... They are telling you it's comfy.

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