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First week in the brooder

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by willowbranchfarm, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    I just got some baby chicks and they are so sweet. They are black australorps, silver laced wyandotte, and buff orpington. There first week in the brooder has been great they are all healthy and none died in shipping. I will be posting up dates on them every day or so. I have a question if any one will give some answer's. My chicks temp. say's it's like 94 but they lay outside of the heat all snuggled up together. When we raise the heat lamp so it's not so hot they still sleep farther away from the heat. So they act like there not cold or hot but I just didn't know if this is normal. Thanks.

    Willow Branch Farm

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas, willowbranchfarms and [​IMG]. Those are some beautiful birds you have there - best of luck!! [​IMG]
  3. Nmarine1057

    Nmarine1057 Songster

    May 31, 2011
    Byhalia Ms
    [​IMG] from MS glad you joined and I can't wait to see pictures of your little ones!!
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Normal is for them to be all over at different times, sometimes under the heat and sometimes much further away. I keep only one area of my brooder heated and let the rest cool off as it will, maybe 30 degrees or more under the recommended temperatures. They play all over and come back to the heat when they need to. This way I don't have to worry about keeping the entire brooder the perfect temperature. Let them find their own comfort zone.

    To me, it sounds like it is still too warm. You might try raising it a little more or maybe use a lower wattage bulb. Or if you can, move it to a corner so the brooder has a variety of temperatures. And don't stress over the exact temperature. Let them tell you where they are comfortable instead of relying on a theory.

    Good luck!
  5. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Songster

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    [​IMG] from Texas
  6. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! Best of luck with the new chicks!

  7. [​IMG] [​IMG] from WA. glad you joined us [​IMG] [​IMG]

  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Congrats on your chicks and good luck [​IMG]
  9. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    On the Farm!
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana! Glad you joined! [​IMG]
  10. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Songster

    Aug 15, 2011
    My Own Realm!!!

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