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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickiemomeredith, Apr 28, 2011.
overheating. I appreciate any help. I new to this. I want all four of them to thrive. Thank you!
I don't know a whole lot about this myself, but I think as long as they have space under the light to be warm and space away from the light if its too warm they should be able to monitor their temperature.
If they are all huddled under the light together, they are probably too cold. If they stay away from the light it may be to warm for them.
I am in Northern California, where are you?
I just stuck a dish of grit in and weighed it down with a rock because they kept tipping it over. I'm using a little plastic tray that once held Chinese takeout. The first day, they ate quite a bit of the grit. They haven't taken much at all since then but they're eating lots of bugs so I want to be sure they have the grit if they need it.
What are you using for a brooder setup?
Grit for chicks is only needed if you are feeding bugs crickets, mealy worms if you are only feeding baby crumbles skip the grit. I mix the baby chick grit in with the food In a quart feeder I do a 3rd and shake the bottle. You should use a 250 watt red light and keep it at 90 to 95 degrees for the first week then raise it up about 3 inches every week after that bring temp. down about 5 degrees every week. till it becomes same temp as room then you can use a reg. 75 watt or 100 watt. The chicks get treat bugs once every 2 days do not want pasty butt problems
Didn't see one of the red lights at the store. The light is 150w. Is that okay? I'm sooo worried about cooking these little gals.
Depends on how high you hang the light, how big the space is, what the ambient temperature is, etc. If you're brooding in a little plastic bin in your house, 150W will cook the chicks pretty easily. By the time you hang it high enough to keep from cooking them, the light would disperse throughout the space and with the added radiating effect of plastic, there would be no cool zone. That's why I asked about your setup.