Does my brooder need a heat lamp with a momma hen in there?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tazzy, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. tazzy

    tazzy Songster

    Apr 2, 2008
    We have 7 guinea eggs due to hatch on Saturday. We'll be gone camping until Sunday. The eggs are under a broody hen. it's been getting down into the 40's at night here in Kentucky. The brooder with the hen and eggs is inside our insulated barn. It's still chilly in there at night, but protected from wind and about 5 or so degrees warmer than the outside air.

    My question is, do we need to put in a brooder lamp with the hen in anticipation of the babies being born? Or will the momma hen keep them plenty warm?

    And if 40 degrees outside is warm enough for no brooder lamp with a momma hen present, what about if it drops even colder? With the weird weather we've been having, it could drop to 30-something or even less before these babies have all of their feathers.

  2. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    i hatched 2 silkies with a momma this year and never used a heat lamp.. momma took care of it but thats just me [​IMG]
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    Nope! All you need to do is provide feed and water. The mama will do the raising for you. [​IMG]
  4. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    The beauty of broody hens is all you have to do is supply housing food and water, and she'll do the rest! Good luck!! [​IMG]
  5. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Agree with the others no heat needed. Momma will do all the work.

    I have 10 stinky babies in my house right now. Oh I wish I had a broody momma. [​IMG]
  6. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Songster

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    Quote:Something you might want to try. Last week a member here at BYC recommended to me the Cozy 'N Fresh bedding pellets from TSC. I have 22 chicks in a brooder that is in the house. I now have no smell at all from the brooder. I have to admit it was getting kinda rank in the room where I have the brooder, till I started using the pellets. The pellets do not smell of fragrance, just a fresh clean smell.

  7. tazzy

    tazzy Songster

    Apr 2, 2008
    thanks, everyone, you were right! we came home on sunday from a weekend of camping in what turned out to be freezing cold temps for this time of year (in the 40's for the highs and the 30's for the lows. brrrrrrrrr!) And happily found two hatched keets snuggled in with their adoptive broody chicken mom. they're all doing just fine. funny how mother nature works. [​IMG]

    thanks again for putting my mind at ease!
  8. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Congrats on your new keets!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]

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