I have 17 RIR chicks , keeping them in my back room with a 60watt reflective lamp


Please don't put a heat lamp in your coop, they are a fire hazard. Every winter there are posts from members that have had a coop fire that cost them their entire flock (plus loss of the coop).

You might like to check out the Mama Heating Pad method of providing warmth to your chicks:
Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder (Picture Heavy) - UPDATE

Best of luck to you!
G'Day from down under Arrelia :frow Welcome!

I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out. This one may be of particular interest to you:
Topic of the week - Brooding and supplementing heat for chicks

If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)

Including your general location on your profile will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

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