duckidaho

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jan 30, 2009
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Howdy, our furnace went out and will be out for 3 days before it is completely replaced. Between heat lamp and ceramic heater in the room we are getting good heat, but it fluctuates throughout the day as the wind, sunshine, and outside temp changes. No fast temp swings, just everytime I check the room and the brooder it is a little different by 10 degrees. Chicks are 2 weeks old. Is that a problem?
 

98 gt

a man of many... chickens
11 Years
Jan 14, 2009
627
1
141
Marshville NC
shouldnt be a huge problem... i have 2 week olds outside right now... maybe they are 3 weeks, i forget...
 

spook

Songster
11 Years
Apr 21, 2008
3,515
27
244
North Central Florida
They should be fine. Are they huddling? Bring your light closer to them, if they are all around the brooder, leave it alone, they are doing great!

Good luck on the furnace, atleast its closer to spring!
 

WoodlandWoman

Crowing
12 Years
May 8, 2007
5,717
65
283
Wisconsin
Wow, I bet you're stressed! I've had furnaces go out, too.

The chicks will probably be fine. How is their behavior? Are they huddling up or shivering at the low end of the temperature swings? Any loud peeping? Are they panting or holding their wings out at the high end of the temperature swings?
 

ilovechickens

Songster
11 Years
Jun 14, 2008
340
2
139
West Central Wisconsin
They are pretty tough critters, I just moved mine to a bigger brooder and used the same heat lamp, it was cooler than the smaller one, so I put a higher watt heat lamp bulb and now they are running all over the place. They did fine, huddled together but they are fine. They will be 2 weeks old on Friday.
 

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