do I reduce temp

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by poulet, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. poulet

    poulet Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    I have two 4 day old chicks in carton with a heat lamp, do I gradualy reduce temp until they are okay at room temp or keep them with heat lamp for another few days then reduce temp ?[​IMG]
  2. Chickchix

    Chickchix In the Brooder

    Feb 7, 2008
    I THINK you're supposed to reduce temp by 5 degrees each week. I wound up just watching the chicks and adjusting temp based on behavior: avoiding lamp = reduce heat, all under lamp = increase heat, everyone wandering aimlessly = just right! [​IMG]
  3. poulet

    poulet Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Quote:chicks are wondering but I don't have a thermostat I thought about changing the bulb wattage gradually ?
  4. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I use yellow bug lights, I use a 100 watt for the first few days then Change to a 60 watt for 2/3 weeks then a 40 watt for 2/3 weeks then they just get used to my house temp for a week or so before moving them out side.

    If they are panting lower the bulb size.

    If they are crying and trying to get under each other raise the bulb size.

    If its cold out when I move them to the coop I will give them a heat lamp again.
  5. willheveland

    willheveland Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    Instead of changing bulbs how about just raising or lowering the light.I'd put a small thermometer in the box.
    How close are you to Limouge? Will
  6. poulet

    poulet Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Quote:yes think I will put a themometer in the carton
    I live about 2 hours away from Limouge and an hour from Montaubon ( the nearest big town )
  7. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    We use a 60wt bulb and adjust the height. We found a heat lamp is just way too hot for a small brooder in the house. We also keep a thermometer in the brooder.
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Please note that your chicks will need a source of heat until they are fully feathered. Most chicks are not feathered out until 8 - 10 weeks of age. Some breeds are not feathered out until closer to 12 weeks. It is this feathering that allows them to regulate their own body temps. With very young chicks like yours they need the warmth the lamp provides them and they need it constantly. They need a brooding area big enough that when they are too warm they can move out to the edges of the light to cool down. If too cool they will move under the light to warm themselves. Week one under the light should be 95 degress. Week 2 - 90 degrees. Week 3 - 85 degrees. Week 4 - 80 degrees. Week 5 - 75 degrees. Week 6 - 70 degrees. Around this time you can start weaninging them off the light if temps permit. On warm sunny days they won't need the lamp but will stiull need it during the cooler night temps. If your chicks get cold they could get sick. It is very hard for a chick to recover from getting sick. Being cold can be fatal to them. Chicks are tough little boogers but they are also very fragile.

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