Heating for day olds

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kimberly4403, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. Kimberly4403

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    Would a 50 or 100watt black ceramic heat emitter like they use for reptiles be a suitable heat source for 3x 1 day old chicks?
     
  2. ShanandGem

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  4. ShanandGem

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    Depending on the wattage, that is likely too close. A minimum of 18 inches would be best.
    The nice thing about the ceramic heaters is they don't throw as much heat as the red lamps do. You will have a concentrated warm area right under the bulb and the rest of your brooder should be ambient temperatures. Despite what you have no doubt read in preparing for your chicks, they need space away from the heat source so they can cool off.
     
  5. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would a 50watt black ceramic heat emitter at approx 40cm be ok
     
  6. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds pretty good, considering the season. Best thing to do is set it up and put a thermometer right under the heat source.
     
  7. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its winter here in Australia so 50watt still be ok
     
  8. ShanandGem

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    Are you brooding outside, or in the house? What's the Australian definition of winter? lol
    If temps are near freezing and you plan on brooding outside, depending on the size of your brooder, its construction, how high the sides are etc, you may need to increase the wattage.
     
  9. Kimberly4403

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    Will be brooding inside in a 1.7x2.7ft plastic storage container with sides approx 45cm high. Temps do get into single digits outside but probs not inside the house
     
  10. ShanandGem

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    The plastic high sided containers tend to really hold in the heat. If you're brooding indoors it should be fine, but their behavior will tell you a lot. If they huddle under the heat emitter, they are cold. If they are as far from it as they can get, they're hot. If they are cruising around making soft beep-beep noises and picking at their food, they are juuuusst right.
     

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