Heat in the brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by OregonDan, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. OregonDan

    OregonDan Hatching

    Mar 17, 2009
    [​IMG] 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.[​IMG]
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    If you're getting temps. of 90 degrees with the heat light I would stick with that.
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] 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.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009
  4. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    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...
  5. Chicken Rustler

    Chicken Rustler Grabs em n runs

    I don't really know squat about chickens YET but I would not use the waterbed heater. If they don't have a large mass like water bed, to absorb the heat they will burn up.

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