Heated garage floor- will this affect brooding?

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  1. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    We have a radiant heated garage floor which keeps the building a nice 60 degrees. If the ducklings brooder is set up on the floor would this affect the the set up?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    What are you using heat lamp? And what's your brooder look like? I still would use a thermometer at floor level to set your initial temperature than adjust based on behaviors if necessary.
     
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  3. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    I don't have one yet. I need to get it around.
     
  4. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    I can set them up off of the floor if needed, but thought I could use the floor to my advantage, but still do what is best for the ducklings of course.
     
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    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    Since the floor is heated I would probably set them on the floor. My brooder box has 2x4's to raise it off the colder concrete floor.
     
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  6. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    What type of thermometer do I need?
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    I use any kind to get a base reading right under the lamp, I lay it flat. After I have something to brood I watch their behaviors to see if they are cold, crowded under the light, too hot, spread to the outside of the brooder walls, or just right, everyone spread out evenly doing their own thing.
     
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