Do I need a heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Little Ant, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. Little Ant

    Little Ant Hatching

    Mar 17, 2008
    I just got 4 baby Rhode Island reds that are about 1 week old. The man at the feed store told me that I wouldn't need a heat lamp as we live in florida. He said just to put them in a room away from drafts and to close off the air conditioning vents in that room. Now its late and I'm not sure if the babies are too cold. I am reading that at 1 week they should be like 90 degrees. It is more like 77-80 in the room.
    I tried putting another lamp (not a heat lamp) near them but it is really not keeping them much warmer and I don't think they'll sleep with the light on. I can try to buy a real heat lamp in the a.m. but will they be ok tonight?
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    you need a heat lamp. the floor temp needs to be 95F threre first week. Guy dont know anything
  3. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    a heating pad might get you through the night, some others might have some constructive advise that might help. i see they are about 1 week old dont know what you are keeping them in.a small box that would help retain heat might be good also.
  4. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    I know when I was raising orphaned opossum babies I would fill bottles with hot water and wrap them in a towel. Not sure of this would work with chicks?

    Edit to say, I meant this as an emergency measure to get through the night.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2008
  5. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Lay a lamp over the wire top, use a 100 watt bulb if you have one. Good luck
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yes, get the heat up. They can sleep under lights no problem.
  7. Little Ant

    Little Ant Hatching

    Mar 17, 2008
    I put a 75 watt bulb in a gooseneck lamp and bent it over to shine right over the box. It makes one area of the box warmer than the rest. They ended up hanging out at that end but they aren't huddling together or acting cold so I think they are alright. Some are not even laying as close to the light as they could and they seem content. Perhaps they are a little older than I thought. I am only going by what they guy at the feed store told me and he's the one who said they didn't need a lamp so who knows. Thanks everyone for the info. It was an interesting first night.
  8. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I have 4 brooders right now. I have 1 large water tank and two storage tubs with heat lamps. My 4th one is just a box with a gooseneck desk lamp bent over it for my tiny little silkies. I have used that set up before. It works fine until they get too big for the box.
  9. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Any updates? How'd the do?
  10. Little Ant

    Little Ant Hatching

    Mar 17, 2008
    They seem to be fine. They are all moving around and eating and drinking fine, etc. I will have to take some pics this evening and upload them. Maybe someone can tell me if they look older than a week.

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