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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pigeongirl1, Mar 19, 2017.
Today I got 3 baby chicks and I have the inside do I need to use a heat lamp?
How old are the chicks? If you aren't sure of how old they are can you post some photos? It is fairly easy to "age" them based on the amount of feathering vs. down they are showing...and that will factor into whether they are in need of supplemental heat. Even indoors, those chicks without sufficient feathering will need supplemental heating as the temperatures they need are higher than most of us maintain our homes at. There are several ways to provide this warmth - from a heat lamp, a "mama heat pad", brooder plates, etc --
Probably, are the shivering where you have them?
2 are a few days old and one is 1 week old they all are warm to the touch
nope they seen fine and warm
Yes, they will still need a heat lamp. 1 day olds should be kept at 95-90 degrees and the 1 weeks olds 90-85 degrees. They normally need s heatlamp from hatching to about 4 weeks unless they fully feather out faster than that.
Everyone is assuming you live where the air temperature is cooler than the body temperature of baby chicks.
If you live in Equatorial Africa or the Bahamas, for example, or somewhere that has a hot climate, say 35C or 90F, your baby chicks will require no supplemental heat because the ambient temperature closely matches their body temperature so they will not lose body heat faster than they can replace it from food calories.
If you live somewhere much cooler than those temps, your chicks, lacking insulating feathers, will gradually lose body heat faster than they can replace it with food calories, so you need to provide a warmup spot just as you would need a heater on a very cold day, but on a warm day that closely matches your body temperature, you wouldn't need a heater.
It would sure save us a lot of guessing if you would just fill in your profile location.
I love in upper Michigan and its 30degrees outside but in the house it is 73 degrees
Yup, they certainly need a heatlamp then, it's too cold for them.