How to decrease temp. in brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by playswithfowl, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. playswithfowl

    playswithfowl One Earth!

    Jun 18, 2007
    I know that I am supposed to start day-old chicks at 95F for the 1st week and then decrease the temperature by 5 degrees each week. My question is how do I decrease the temperature in the brooder if I just have have a 100 watt bulb or a 250 watt bulb or whatever watt bulb?
    Thanks, AJ
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Just raise the light up higher.
  3. Moselle

    Moselle Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    Or, you could place a towel or something to "shade" an area.
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I raise the light clamp higher.....
  5. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Go get a 60 watt bulb. I didnt start mine with a 250, it was waaaaay too hot. I used a 60, and they were all very happy with it. But then again, its 70 outside, not 20.
  6. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster

    If there in a heated home or room id just put the lamp at what makes them comphy, we never adjust are lamps(100 watt)in a heated room or 250 if in the unheated basment until we see them move away from the lighted area in the brooder, start at about 18" away from brooder floor..

    they either go to the center of it (to cold)or out to the outside of it (to hot).

    when there running around being chicks you know there happy. Of course there always seem to be a cry baby in the bunch....

    in these cold temps here you can never get them down to match the cold temps with a lamp. so rule thumb once fully featherd 6-8 weeks there ready for a nice cozy coop....

    remember chicks coming out of a bator need the temp about the same 99.5 +/- to start brooding.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2008
  7. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep, it's always important to keep an eye on how the peeps are reacting to the light.
    If they seem content, then they are. If peeping, and panting, then it's to warm and you need to back off the lights. Peeps that sprawl and sleep after eating and drinking are good to go! :aww


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