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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kelsieann124, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. kelsieann124

    kelsieann124 In the Brooder

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    Is this an okay brooder?? mine before was definitely too small. I have had two chicks die and have a bad feeling that they got overheated. I DO NOT want to lose anymore!! It is devestating ! :hit[​IMG]
     

  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    It will be fine for now. By the time they are three weeks old it will probably be too small. And might want to switch that heat bulb to a regular bulb. Heat lamp bulbs tend to make those high sided plastic storage tubs into ovens.
     
  3. kelsieann124

    kelsieann124 In the Brooder

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    What bulb is a regular bulb? Will it be enough heat for them?
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

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    Being a bit too cool is far better than being overheated. If they get a bit cool, they can just snuggle together more.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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  6. AZchickens17

    AZchickens17 Chirping

    If you find a glass aquarium tank, that may work. It retains the heat really well on the warm side, and has a very cool side on the other end. My brooder is much smaller than yours, so don't worry. Maybe you could switch to a dog kennel once they are older.
     
  7. kelsieann124

    kelsieann124 In the Brooder

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    I just spoke to a man at our feed store, he's been raising chicks for years, and he showed me this diagram. So I changed my brooder to look more like this: [​IMG][/IMG]
     

  8. kelsieann124

    kelsieann124 In the Brooder

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  9. snow5164

    snow5164 Songster

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    I started with that , but as junebuggena said in a few short weeks they'll need more room, might even be sitting on the sides [​IMG][​IMG],

    I moved mine to a nylon playpen, but I've seen people use doggie play pens , the hexagon ones look good lots of mesh and floor space , should be easy to clean also

    Have fun[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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