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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bustedchicks, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. bustedchicks

    bustedchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just got 7 new Norwegian Jaerhons. they are my first chicken s. I got them setup in a small 1 meter X2 meter coop. 250 watt heat lamp above and a seedling heatmat under the box they came in which is on its side. The temp reads 107 between the heatmat and the box. The box is kinda thick and there's a bit of bedding down that came with. I have rice hulls down in the floor of the coop, 2 little food dishes and a gallon waterer. The inside temp is about 80.
    I am hoping they make it, unfortunately rainy season is here and ****** off at the humans. if the chicks have a rough night I will make them a spot inside.
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    I am not sure I understand your set up, but the temp at chick head height needs to be 95 degrees for newly hatched babies. Lowered by 5 degrees each week for 6 weeks. Make sure your brooder has 4 solid walls and a solid floor. They can die easily from drafts in open brooders.

    Good luck with your babies and enjoy BYC!
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2, the chicks need a draft free spot where the temperature is about 95*, the whole coop does not have to be that warm (they should be able to get away from the heat). Since you already have a heat light, with just seven chicks it might be easier to rig up a brooder out of a tote or cardboard box etc, there are some good ideas in the Coops section https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-chicken-brooder-designs-pictures and the Learning Center has articles with other ideas https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks Good luck with the little ones, Jaerhons are a nice breed.
     
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - good luck with your chicks.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    welcome to the flock
     

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