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Do chicks out grow heating plates before not needing them?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dreiman9, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. dreiman9

    dreiman9 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was looking into getting the premier1 extra small (10"x10") heating plate instead of a heat lamp for when my chicks arrive. I'm getting 6 chicks, do they get too big too fast where they will not be able to fit under this at some point? Will they still need supplemental heat at this point?
     
  2. sprucie

    sprucie Out Of The Brooder

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    I used a heating pad for the first time, and I can honestly say that I prefer it to a light. As mine have gotten bigger, they have decided that it is the best thing to sit on top of it. Even if they outgrow it, they can still get warm from it by sitting on it, lol
     
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The idea is to provide one warm spot in the brooder, the rest can be cool to cold.
    They do grow fast and will feather out fairly quickly, but will still need a warm place for a few weeks, depending on where and when your are brooding.
    Here are a couple of DIY ideas to take a look at. They both use a heating pad for heat. Blooie's is more like a "cave" and aart's is more like one of the plates you are talking about.
    Are you going to be brooding outside or inside? Are these your first chicks? Do you have your coop ready?


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/pseudo-brooder-heater-plate

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors
     
  4. dreiman9

    dreiman9 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ha, great thanks. Forgot about them sitting on top too
     
  5. dreiman9

    dreiman9 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes they are my first chicks. Planning on using a large dog kennel for the brooder in my basement. Getting delivered 4/18 and still need to build a coop
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The first ones are so exciting!
    Any questions you have, be sure to check out the threads here on BYC or you can always start a thread and ask. Everyone here is always glad to help.
    Good luck on your little ones!
     
  7. jallen062

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    How did it work out? I got the extra small for 6 chicks too. They arrive on March 15th.
     
  8. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really going to depend on environment 15 chicks may be fine with a small plate if ambient temps are 60s at night and they only need it a few weeks, but if it is 40s at night they will need it for longer and be more likely to outgrow.

    I am looking at plate heaters and seriously considering the big one just so I can start meat birds earlier. I wont ever have 20 going at once but with the big plate 10-15 will still fit under it as they get bigger and let me look at having meat birds outside MUCH earlier in spring than if I had to wait for them to feather out. It will be a hassle brooder space wise though.
     
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    I thought about this also when ordering. I ordered Premiers Small plate for my 15 birds arriving next week. It does seem small for 15 birds but hopefully by the time they are outgrowing the plate they are ready for the run anyways.
     
  10. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For daytime temps in New Mexico I would think you certainly right, what are the nighttime temps or are they sheltered enough to not matter?

    For example here we are forecast to be in the 50s and maybe even some 60s next week BUT our average last frost is May 15th meaning nights can frequently drop into the 20s right through April it was 5degrees one morning just this week.

    If dropping below freezing I would expect 4 week old egg breeds to appreciate some heat yet at that age and think their size would mean very few would fit under a 12" plate then.
     

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