Brooding in the heat.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cscigu, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. cscigu

    cscigu Chirping

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    I just got some pullets from Cackle Hatchery. Really like that place. Welsummers, and BC Marans, (my usuals) plus some Barnvelders, which I've always wanted to try out.

    I've brooded lots of chicks, but generally in the spring, with a lamp, etc. A few times I've hatched some in the summer, then brooded them with no trouble in a garage or barn during hot 90+ weather with no lamp, except at night if its going to cool down.

    I was looking over the Cackle instructions, and it mentioned to always keep the chicks in a climate controlled room, and under a lamp. I'm guessing they are assuming it is rare to have conditions outdoors suitable to brooding chicks.
    We're going to be right around 100 degrees the next who knows how long. Overnight lows just under 80.
    My plan was to keep them in my attached garage the first several days, then move to larger brooder in barn. (how I've always done it in summer) I'll probably put a low watt lamp on a corner overnight. Still it will stay about 85 in that garage. Right now they are in a perfect "formation" that looks not too warm, not to cool.

    Just curious what the sentiments are. Never had an issue before.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    It sounds as if you have a good common sense plan for brooding them. What has worked before will most likely work again. Good luck.
     
  3. cscigu

    cscigu Chirping

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    I did run across something new to me somewhere in this process. Read a suggestion to put a piece of slightly damp paper towel on the floor of the brooder, and scatter a bit of feed for the chicks to learn to recognize it.

    Worked like a charm. This is likely old info around here, though. Wherever I read this suggested doing it only for one day, etc.

    Another first for me, Barnvelder chicks look almost identical Welsummer.
     

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