Drafty brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Momagain1, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    it has come time; to move them from the infant brooder to the teen hangout brooder...

    however..the garage is drafty and they are 2 wks old today...

    we have two heat lamps and a blow heater out there..but it IS a garage that is drafty...

    we have no other option for them right now..as it is in the 40's on a good day right now
    and 30's at night..

    in the next few wks we should be able to get them into the coop/run -- about 2-3 wks
    so they'd be feathered almost by then ...

    but how much concern do I need to have about the draft in the garage?? they'll just
    hover under the lamps right?? they are just WAY too tight in the baby brooder now..
  2. axion_lotus

    axion_lotus Songster

    Jan 19, 2011
    Central NC
    Honestly, if I were you, (if you can, that is), you should probably move the larger brooder to a less drafty area. Better to be safe than sorry. [​IMG]
  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    unfortunately; can't.

    The only place left is the basement where my business is; and I CANNOT have the dust/noise down there while I'm working..

    the only other place is the dirt floor shed..w/only one outlet..aqnd worse drafts
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Plastic sheeting from the hardware store and a staple gun can remedy a lot of drafts. The dirt floor shed may be the best bet A bale of hay or shavings would make good bedding.

    I just recently did this when I had to press one of my growout tractors into duty as a brooder.
  5. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    well hubby had his "man-dea"...packing tape around the outsideo f our garage door lol..

    have to say; so far..its warmed up about 10 degrees in there..its 58 now...
    and we have our three lights up...

    they are SUPER chirpy..not sure due to being switched environment or happy chirps..
    babies are getting ran over by 2 wk old chicks wanting to run/fly lol..

    they keep running to the other end...hoping to keep them out there..gonna ck continuously today

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