Brooder warm enough or too warm?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 3sacrowd, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. 3sacrowd

    3sacrowd Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    The chicks are sleeping a lot. They are a week old but we just got them today. The brooder is 90 degrees and they are just stretched out under the heat lamp. They have been eating and drinking and pooping but they have quieted down. Am I over worrying?

    Thanks!

    Kandi

    3 kids - 1 fish - 1 Polish (more to come)
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they get up and run around at some point as well?
     
  3. 3sacrowd

    3sacrowd Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes but they have been "sleeping" a while. I guess I don't know how long to expect them to sleep.

    Kandi

    3 kids, 1 fish, 1 Polish (more chicks on the way)
     
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    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks will really crash out and sleep, but usually when they notice you are there, they will get up and start peeping and moving around.
     
  5. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    I don't really remember, but I think they should be pretty active, like running around and eating and sleeping too. But definitely active. Check your temps make sure it isn't too cold that they are stretched out under the light. Make sure you check it down at their level. They are usually more active during the day, maybe you are seeing them more at night? Use a red heat lamp that they are not feeling stressed out by too much light.
     
  6. catchthewind

    catchthewind Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are about a week old and sleep a lot too. But like someone else said, when they notice me they jump up and run around and start peeping. They also have periods of a lot of activity and periods of very little activity.
     

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