Do you use a thermometer or just guess??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chirpy, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    I'm just curious ... when raising day old chicks do you use a thermometer to make sure you have the temp at 95 and then lower accordingly OR

    do you just watch the chicks to see if they seem to be hot or cold and adjust the heat lamp accordingly?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I just adjust accordingly and use a dimmer switch.
     
  3. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I watch the chicks:)
     
  4. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a thermometer because for me it was hard to tell. With my heat lamp i would think it wasn't that warm but with the therm it would show at 95+......I like to be precise and being that i'm new at this i wanted to have it exact.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I have a thermometer hanging in their brooder, but after the first few days I learned to pay attention to the chicks. After their first few hours here, mine never did like the 90-95 range.
     
  6. Lanissa86

    Lanissa86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just see what the chicks reactions are like. They are Really good at telling you if they need something! [​IMG]
     
  7. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    A thermometer is a chicks best friend. Never guess!
     
  8. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I watch the chicks.
     
  9. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I watch the chicks too. They tell you what they need:>)
     
  10. HollyInColorado

    HollyInColorado Out Of The Brooder

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    I put a thermometer in the first few days and then watch the chicks after that. I always make enough room in the brooder for them to go to the cooler side if they need to and to all get under the lamp if they are cold.
     

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