Chickens in the aviary, Need help with correct temps

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TerryQui, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. TerryQui

    TerryQui Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Columbus Ohio
    I set my eggs the 21st of May.
    Yesterday two hatched.
    I hope the rest do, but they are being quiet right now.
    The two in there were crawling all over the eggs, so today I took them out.
    They are in my plexiglass aviary that is 2 x 4 x 6 feet tall.
    I put a 100 watt bulb in a lamp and lowered it to about 18 inches off the floor, maybe even less.
    The temp right under the bulb is up to 120.
    The temp just a foot from the bulb is 90. The chicks are hanging around the edge of the bulb area.
    Is this all the correct setup?

    I had purchased some 250 watt heat bulbs that were red and it over heated the entire aviary.
    I want to get a red bulb, but the store that has them carries 75 and then to 150. I am not sure which wattage would be best.
    These are my first chickens and I could use some help. [​IMG]
    Thanks, Terry

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