Heat in the brooder?

OregonDan

Hatching
10 Years
Mar 17, 2009
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Well, this is my first attempt at raising chicks. I've built a brooder and I have a heat light hanging over it and the temp regulated to 90 degrees. I'm wondering if I could use a water bed heater on the floor of the brooder to keep them warm? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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If you're getting temps. of 90 degrees with the heat light I would stick with that.
 

cmom

Hilltop Farm
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Nov 18, 2007
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They should be fine. I start mine out at 95 degrees the first week and decrease the temp 5 degrees each week. I put a wireless digital thermometer in the brooder so if for any reason my light goes out an alarm will sound if the temp gets below whatever temp I set the alarm for.
 
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Chicken Fruit

Songster
10 Years
Feb 25, 2009
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Echo Homestead
I usually start my chicks at 85-90. I've wondered the same thing about bottom heating to replace the other- if for not other reason then because they wouldnt be inclined to peck eachother at all.

I'd just stick with the light though...
 

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