Heating advice for 6 day old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Neisa, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. Neisa

    Neisa Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2015
    I have two chicks in a brooder with a infared heat lamp and no matter what I do the chicks are too hot! I live in Moab and it gets really hot here, so I've been turning off the heat lamp and setting them in the sun during the day with access to shade, with heat lamp on at night. Will they be ok if I continue to do this? They seem to be more comfortable this eay, but I have never raised chicks this little before so any advice would be awesome :)
  2. Raiderdave0109

    Raiderdave0109 Out Of The Brooder

    May 28, 2012
    I keep a heat lamp on my 10 day old chicks 24/7 unless they are in the sunlight. Heat lamp is about 16 inches away from them. They seem to keep huddling near it still but I too am wondering when to turn the light off..temp in the house is mid 60s....
  3. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    You know chicks don't always need a heat lamp. In the tropics or desert, no one uses heat lamps because it's naturally warm for chicks. Also, there are alternatives to heat bulbs, such as heat plates and heating pads, which are far safer and less tricky getting the temperature comfortable.

    The trickiest period for chicks is during the first couple weeks when they really need to be able to warm up under a source that will put out between 80 and 90 F. Notice the wide range. It's not written in stone that chicks must be kept at such and such a temperature.

    It's like us humans being most comfortable around 70F, but we can handle a wide range on either side of that. When our weather is very cold, we like a fireplace or campfire or a nice wall heater to warm ourselves. But we move away from the heat source once we've warmed up. We don't stay there or else we'd start overheating.

    The same is true for baby chicks. According to how cool the ambient temp is, they need to warm up more or less frequently, just like us. If you live where it's already the temperature chicks need during those first couple weeks, the chicks probably aren't going to need extra heat. If you see them huddling together, you might just use a 60 or 100 watt incandescent bulb. 250 watts is usually overkill for even cold temps for just two chicks.

    Watch your chicks. If they're acting normal, not huddling together for warmth, then they're warm enough.
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