chicks brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Patrick 14, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Patrick 14

    Patrick 14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it ok to have a plastic tub as a brooder with heat lamp over hanging? If not any ideas. For 20 chicks inside spare room temp around 70 degrees
     
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    In a room that warm, a heat lamp may cook your chicks, not to mention maybe burn down your house...those things get HOT. I'd try a regular 60 or 75 watt bulb hanging over your tub and even be careful of it getting too hot with that..a plastic tub doesn't have much good airflow so watch your chicks. If they are trying to avoid your light, raise it up a bit. If they are piling up and trying to shove to the middle of the pile, lower it down a bit. Try keeping the light on the end of the brooder away from the feed and water so they will have a cool end and a warm end to the brooder but won't be trying to sleep where they drink and eat.

    Unless it's a mighty big plastic tub, that many chicks will outgrow the space pretty quickly...do you have room for expansion or do you live in warm climates and will be moving them outdoors?
     
  3. BrickWall Honey

    BrickWall Honey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That will work for a while, but they grow quick and you may want to build or get additional tubs. Put paper down so they don't slip on the plastic floor. Add your thermometer to keep it close to 95 when you get the chicks and then raise the light to lower the temps 5 degrees per week. in four weeks with a room temp of 70, you won't need the heat lamp. One I built that is 8' long and use for up to 30 day old chicks to feather out.
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2014
  4. Patrick 14

    Patrick 14 Out Of The Brooder

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    I had plans on moving them out to coop at 4-5 weeks if room at 70-75 can I not use heat lamp? Not really in favor of use one
     

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