How hot does the brooder have to be?????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Limet8, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. Limet8

    Limet8 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am getting 1 week old chickens this weekend and I am wondering if anyone could tell me how hot the brooder has to be. The house is about 80 degrees.Anyone who has advice thank you!!!! [​IMG]
     
  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    I would say 95 degrees and you'll need to set up a brooder and get a heat lamp for them and welcome to the wonderful world of baby chicks![​IMG]
     
  3. Limet8

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    Thank You so much this really helps
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    The chicks will tell you if they're too hot or cold. Watch their behavior.

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    If they are huddled together shrilly peeping they are too cold.

    If they are widely separated from each other and appear to be panting they are too hot.
     
  5. kkowa

    kkowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    people say 90-95 but my chicks have never had any thing over 92 and are 1 week so the first week i always have it between 85 and 95 the chicks will let you know with your heat lamp put it up higher because your house is already 80 degrees so i think they will be fine just watch their behavior and they will let you know good luck!
     
  6. Limet8

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    Thank You so much everybody[​IMG]
     
  7. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The diagrams show the light centered, I placed mine at one end of a rectangular brooder so the little one could have a place to escape the heat. Guess if the area around it is large enough it wouldn't matter. The whole brooder shouldn't be the same temperature. Also lower the temerature about 5 degrees per week till at ambient temperature.
     
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