Chickens in the aviary, Need help with correct temps

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

  1. TerryQui

    TerryQui Chirping

    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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