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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by frugal farmer, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. frugal farmer

    frugal farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    I got 15 meat birds at big are. Put them in a horse water tank put hay and insulation around it. 2 heat lamps and the temp in there directly under the light is 102. Where they get their feed and water is around 95 and they can go clear to the other end of the tank where it is Prob 80. I got them last night. Lost one this morning checked them again just now had another one die and am watching one. What am I doing wrong. I "cracked" the top open on the far end and and monitoring the temp in the tank. I have read that it needs to be between 90-95 for the little guys. I am feeding a good feed and a water with an electrolyte in it to help with the stress. They have done great with the water and aren't huddled up tg under the light
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    They need ventilation on the top of the tub. 102 is too hot raise your lamp and try to keep it 90 degrees or so under the lamp. How old are your chicks?
     
  3. frugal farmer

    frugal farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    A week at the oldest. And it's 102 at the hottest point the lights are both at the same end I figured they would move down towards the food and water if they got super warm and they stayed under the light. I opened up the end opposite of the lights to bring the temp down. They are out n the barn and it's 12 degrees td here
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    How many chicks do you have ?
     
  5. frugal farmer

    frugal farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    13 now. Bought 15
     
  6. frugal farmer

    frugal farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    They are doing good now I believe. I cracked the top a little farther and they are up and moving around better
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Can you check them all to see if their crops are full and their butts are clean?
     
  8. frugal farmer

    frugal farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Crops are full? I'm Sry I'm new to chicks all the chickens I have were given to me as adults
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    On their "chest area", if their crops are full you will feel a "ball shaped" object. Their food is stored there before it goes to the gizzard.
     
  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    If you find any butts with clumped up poop, you will have to remove the poop so the chick can empty it's bowels.
     

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