Help with baby chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 1schaefermaqks, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. 1schaefermaqks

    1schaefermaqks In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2016
    I will be getting some baby Bantam chicks this weekend. I will be keeping them in my house in a wooden box. Any suggestions on best way to keep them warm.? I had purchased a heat lamp and returned it today after reading that they often get to hot for the chicks.

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC.

    The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken. As an alternative to a heat lamp, you may wish to consider using a heating pad -

    Joining your state thread may be useful as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - just type the name of your state in the search box.

    All the best
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If the lights are too hot, get lower watts - or hang the light securely at a farther distance above the brooder. You will need a wire top for your 'wooden box" as chicks try to fly early, if the fly or fall out of the box, they won't be able to get back in. If you have cats or dogs, that will give them every opportunity to harm the chicks.

    Please get a good indoor thermometer and place on the floor of the box, so you can monitor the temperature by moving lamp closer or farther away.
  4. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Either the Mama Heating Pad or hanging the light higher would work. Pay attention to the chicks...if they stay huddled under the heat source, they are cold and if they stay as far from it as possible, they are hot. Comfortable chicks will move back and forth between the warmer and the cooler areas of their brooder.

    Have fun with your new little ones!

  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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