First time chicken Momma

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chasity83, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. chasity83

    chasity83 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just got a few baby chickens!!! So excited!!! But how close does the heat lamp need to be?
     
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm not entirely sure if there is a set on how close it has to be, but someone else might know. I just know it needs to be far enough away that it doesn't fry your chickens nor does it freeze them, you can tell whether or not your chicks are hot or cold by the way they are in the brooder, chicks huddled together means it's cold and chicks that are too hot will try to be as far away from the lamp as possible, The best thing you could do is watch for those signs

    Anyways enjoy your stay and I hope you enjoy your new chicks.
     
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  3. chasity83

    chasity83 Out Of The Brooder

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  4. chasity83

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    Thanks so much
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock"

    A heat lamp should be close enough to provide a temperature of around 90 degrees for a chick's first week of life. After that, the heat should decrease approximately 5 degrees each week. You can usually change the temperature at chick level by raising the heat lamp or lowering it. Watch the chicks and see if they are comfortable. If they cluster tightly beneath the heat lamp, lower it, because they are too cold. If they spread out away from the heat lamp and pant, they are too hot, and you should lower the lamp.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! :)
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Congratulations! It's always so exciting getting those first chicks. :eek:) Wyandottes7 has given you some good advice on the heat lamp. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your chicks.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Make sure there is an area the chicks can go too, if it is too hot under the lamp.
     
  9. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

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  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    The other posters answered your question well. [​IMG] Good luck with your chicks!
     

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