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Heat lamp alternaitive

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickencoop5, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. chickencoop5

    chickencoop5 In the Brooder

    Aug 23, 2012
    I have 5 chicks in a brooder in a spare room. There are 2- 4 week old easter eggers, 1- 6 week old sizzle and 2- 3 week old silkies. I was concerned about putting the various ages together but the seem to get along fine. All seem healthy with good appetites and lots of activity. My dilemma is that I will be having house guests and I need to move the chicks out of that room. My options are to move them into the garage or create a brooder area in the coop. If I move them to the coop, I'm not sure what to do about heat as there is no electricty out there. Are there alternatives to a heat lamp that may work? How much heat do I need for these babies? I live in CA and it is in the 38-41 degrees at night. Any advice is appreciated!

  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    4 week olds- around 75°
    6 week old- around 65°
    3 week olds- around 80°
    I would brood them in your garage with the set up you've already got. Make sure the temp is around 80 to accommodate the youngest chicks and that the older ones have plenty of room to move away from the heat since its going to be a little too warm for their liking. At this point, you could just leave them in the garage until they're ready to go outside, which is when they're fully feathered. Good luck :)

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