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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by missy1971, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. missy1971

    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought 4 baby chicks about a week ago, 1 has already died, and another is not acting right. she is wobbly, not eating like normal, I hate to lose another!
    Any ideas as to if there is anything i can do!
     
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  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

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    Where are you keeping them? What are you using for heat? What is the temperature in the warm part of their brooder, and what is the temperature in the cold part of their brooder? What are you feeding them??? What are you using for bedding?
     
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  3. missy1971

    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im keeping them in a plastic storage container with bedding, a heat lamp and they are eating chicken starter feed
    Bedding is pine shavings and a little straw, they are inside, with a heat lamp on them
     
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  4. lazy gardener

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    It's imperative that you know what the temp is in that brooder, both under the light, and at the opposite end. they should be around 80 - 85 under the lamp, and the other end of the crate should be 70. If you ever see panting, or see them with their wings spread, they are too warm. If you bring it down to 80, and they huddle under the light, or do a loud chirp, they are cold. Otherwise, keep lowering the temp a bit every few days until they are off heat all together. Too much of either extreme will kill them because they are not able to regulate their temperature at that age. You should be decreasing the temp about 5 degrees/week, and they should be having some time without any heat at all to help them adjust to normal temps.

    What is the wattage of the bulb you are using? Inside, you may get by with a 60 - 75W bulb.
     
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  5. missy1971

    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a large heating lamp 250 bulb, and is not direct I will put my 60w bulb in when I get back home and put it a little closer if I can. How far away should the lamp be? I did lose my little "Dot" last night. So I have 2 left. Dumb question..what do I use to make sure the temp is right?
     
  6. A termlmiter, it's all.
     
  7. missy1971

    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A thermometer?
     
  8. Yes, sorry stupid autocorrect.
     
  9. missy1971

    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol...thanks, totally understand happens to me all the time
     
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    missy1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]Ok here is a pic of where and what the set up is for the babies. Plastic container, 250w bulb in the lamp. Pine shavings and a small amtof straw, the temp is 80 for the whole container. Suggestions??? Advice??? Do y'all think I should bring the smaller lamp in which has a 100w bulb (Black) heat bulb. ?
     
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