Brooder temps

crooked stripe

12 Years
Jan 14, 2008
N.E Ohio- Suffield
I can't keep my new chicks in the house due to DW allergies. I have to raise them in a somewhat heated barn. The temp swings are terrible. Under my brooder light the temps range from 101 to 95 then a foot away it gets cooler in the mid 80's. I just lost 3 chicks 2 weeks ago I believe from the cold. I set the heat under the light to 95 for the first week but a foot away it was down into the 70's. Does anyone have any suggestions how to control the heat?
Can you cover part of the brooder? Just leave enough uncovered for the heat light. The brooder should have somewhat of a temp. difference inside so they can get to a cooler section if they get too hot. You do need a section that's the max desired temp. Approx. 100 the first week then decrease by about 5 degrees a week until feathered. Hope this helps and good luck with the new fuzzies.

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