Brooding Q?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Namaste Mama, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. Namaste Mama

    Namaste Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I'm picking up some new chicks today can someone tell me if it dosen't get lower than about 80 degrees at night and its still in the high 90's-100's at day do I need to have a light on them?
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    How old are your chicks? They require about 95F for the first week and that can be dropped by 5 degrees per week thereafter. To be able to handle 80 lows at night, they should be at least 4 weeks old.

    Jody
     
  3. Namaste Mama

    Namaste Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only a few days old, so it seems I will need a light at night at least. Right?
     
  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Yes, I would continue to use the heat lamp/light at night. Watch your chicks. If they are all huddled under the heat source then they are too cold. If they are all as far away as they can get from the heat source then they are too hot. There should be some under and some away from and some meandering around - then they are ok.
     
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    My chicks never have liked the 95 degrees that is called for and I have raised a few different groups. However, I always start them out with this temp on one side or directly in the middle of the brooder so they can move away from it.
    Even now, I have a brooder set up and the chicks are staying far away from the heat light where it is 80 degrees most of the time and going for the cooler side of the box where the thermometer says 74 degrees.
    I don't know if they sleep where it is warmer or not but even in the mornings they are huddled closer to the cooler part. I have their food and water in the middle so they know where the warmer side is and often venture over there but never stay. And it is getting in the low 60's here at night.
    All I can say is I got me some cool chicks! [​IMG]
     

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