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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jamie Hazel, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. Jamie Hazel

    Jamie Hazel Hatching

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    Hey! Im new to chicks! I was just wondering if a 50 watt infrared bulb would be enough heat for two chicks??
    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. ThenNotSoChickenMaster

    ThenNotSoChickenMaster Chirping

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    Yes, that's good enough.
     
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  3. debid

    debid Crowing 7 Years

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    Yes. Now, make sure it isn't coated in PTFE. It shouldn't say "shatter resistant" anywhere on the package.
     
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  4. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land Premium Member

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    do you have a heating pad ? one without a auto shut off they are safer make a small hoop of wire in the brooder set the heating pad on low so they can go under
     
  5. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie EARTH, WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON Premium Member

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    Please place a thermometer in the brooder first and adjust the height of the light to get the proper temp. Then place the birds after.. :D
     
  6. Ulaidian

    Ulaidian Chirping

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    Here, I have loads of heat mats.. I might try to make something like this.
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

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    I am also a fan of heating pad brooding. Much safer. Much more natural. No matter what method you choose, you must realize that your brooder is not meant to be a warm box. It is meant to keep the chicks contained safely, while giving them plenty of room to run, fly, and play. It also needs a tiny little foot print of warm area, (think how much area a broody hen has to provide heat while she has her chicks outside running around in what ever the ambient temps happen to be.) By the time the chicks are 2 weeks old they should have a minimum of 2 s.f. of open space per bird. (IMO)
     
  8. Ulaidian

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    I have some huge mats, some small.. Just trying to decide on the best cover. I don't want them touching it directly, just being able to get in under.
     
  9. Molpet

    Molpet Free Ranging

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    the heating pad cave works by them touching it.. like a mama hen
    eta I cover mine w/a zipper pillow case, so they don't get hung up on anything or stuck
     
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