First time brooding, how am I doing?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Susanhen, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. Susanhen

    Susanhen Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all, I've been keeping hens for a year now and decided to try my hand at raising chicks. I set up my brooder in my sliding glass door bathtub. Temp directly under the lamp is 98 degrees, at the far end its mid 70's. Picked up 5 Dominique's and an Ameraucana this morning. It's been 8 hours and so far so good, anything that looks like it may need changed?
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  2. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Chicken Obsessed

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    Looks good to me!
     
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  3. jstanard

    jstanard Just Hatched

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    Look happy. Not huddled right under heat. Good job!
     
  4. lazy gardener

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    They look good. I think I'd move the water and feed down to the far end in a day or so. I'd also drop the temp under the lamp down to 90 - 95 tomorrow, and keep it around 90 for the rest of the first week. They'll let you know if they get cold. IMO the 90 - 95 the first week and dropping 5*/week is far too conservative. They can, and most likely will do better with a bit less heat. You can also start weaning them off from heat in the second week. Turn the lamp off for a bit each day. They will let you know if they are cold. By 3 weeks, they very well may not need any heat at all inside during the day.
     
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  5. Susanhen

    Susanhen Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the feedback! I planned on moving the water and food down once I was sure they understood what to do with it. They've been regulating their heat very well, often napping in a semicircle 6 inches or so from the center of the hot spot [​IMG]. Will play with the lamp distance tomorrow.
     

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