getting new baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by durtywater, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. durtywater

    durtywater In the Brooder

    I was just wondering...i have had chickens for a while but the hen always done the work...and i wanted to buy me some chicks so i have bought 50 rhode island reds due to be here around the 6th of march....i have built a brooder already its bout 4' by 9' main 2?s r 1....what kind of heat do i need some say a regular 100 watt light bulb per 25 chicks but other people promise on the red and blue light ( i forgot what there called about 18'' of the floor....and my other ? is when the birds get here what do i need to do to ensure the most healthys bird,,,, thanks for n e bodys help

  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Songster

    Jan 23, 2009
    you need 95 degrees in the brooder for firt week and decrease by 5 degrees a week, it does benefit you and the health of you chicks to go with the red light bulbs.

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