cold in brooder this morning... should I be worried?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mradam, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. mradam

    mradam In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2008
    Eastern Missouri
    I checked on my chicks last night around 1 am(their first night), and the temp was fine (about 95 degrees).

    I woke up at 6 am today to check on them and their temp was down to eighty. I lowered the lamp and recovered a window that had come uncovered during the night. They were huddled under the lamp, but acting alert and normal.

    Are they likely ok, or do I need to be concerned about their health now? (I have fixed the temp problem so it won't happen again.)

    Thanks all!
  2. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    They will be fine. Remember that day old chicks are boxed up in groups of 25 and mailed all over the United States. They spend anywhere between 12-24 hours in temps. that are well below 80 degrees. I have also noticed that when a mama raises chicks they are often out from under her for much longer than you might think and in all kinds of weather. Just make sure they have a way to move closer to the heat source if they need to.
  3. mradam

    mradam In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2008
    Eastern Missouri
    Ok, now I feel better. MAN, keeping these little ones is like having more kids! I'm constantly worried about them.

    Thank you for easing my mind this morning.
  4. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    They will be fine.

    When they get cold they will slow down eating and drinking. This will slow their growth rate a little. That's not a problem on an occasional basis, and may even lead to hardier chicks; but they should probably be kept warm if possible.
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    They will be fine. Just watch for pasty butt.

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