Did it get too cold? :(

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Poultator, May 24, 2016.

  1. Poultator

    Poultator Out Of The Brooder

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    ((It's 4 am here so I apologize for any poor grammar))
    My poults are a month old today and here is my situation: It got up to almost 90 in my room last night where I brood my babies, and nobody was happy about it! It was 75* in the rest of the house, so like an idiot I unplugged the heat lamp, vowing to turn it back on when the room cooled off. Well---I FELL ASLEEP! 2:30am I get up to get a glass of water and I feel that it is considerably colder, check my babies and they are both huddled closely in a corner of the bin, and my house thermostat read 71*. So I turn on the heat lamp and the poults wake up, puff up, and silently stand under the lamp for about 5 minutes. Now they are acting completely normal, eating and drinking and chirping. I thought they would chirp and complain if they got too cold, but they were quietly asleep all night until I turned the lamp back on. I feel really bad. :(

    Anyways my questions are (1) How do I wean them off the heat lamp? It gets WAY too hot in here even for them, and I cant raise my lamp any higher than what it is now, (2) Is 70 degrees low enough to make my month old babies sick/chilled? Going by the -5*/week guide they should be at least 75* correct? and (3) Now that they are warmed up and acting normal, anything I should watch for?

    I apologize again for the grammar and the worrying, I am a first-time turkey mom and these two babies are pretty much my life right now. [​IMG]
     
  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At a month I would think 71. Would not be too cold.

    Keep it off all day see how they act. Plus it will acclimate them to temp changes thru out the day.
     
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  3. Poultator

    Poultator Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, I am so glad they are okay! I think they were just sleepy and warming up in the light because they thought it was morning! They are perfectly fine today so far! :)
     
  4. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    You can also switch to a lower wattage bulb if you need to. I use 75w reptile bulbs.
     
  5. Poultator

    Poultator Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! Now that is is summer, luckily it is staying between 70-80. After a day without the heat lamp they are all acting normal! I switched to a cfl with a light diffuser so it's not TOO bright, but the brooder bin is bright enough for them to see. It works perfectly, I unplug it at sunset and they get a natural dark period and sleep through the night now--- which is a big relief here seeing as they are in my bedroom. [​IMG]
     

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