In my box, they move to one corner?

lundgrenj

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 29, 2008
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My chick box has a 250 watt light aiming into a corner, positioned out of the box by 4 inches... in another corner food, in another water.. and the other corner the chicks seem to prefer to sleep.

Its arranged like this:


Light Pointed ------- Chicks Huddle
| |
| |
Food Dish ------- Water Dish


Can I assume that its too warm if they huddle away from the light?

(Clearly they cannot huddle all by the food or water).

(Its indoors now, so 250 watt in a cardboard box corner in 70 degree indoor)

(6 Chicks 1.5 x 2.5 ft box)
 
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hypnofrogstevie

chick magnet
12 Years
Jul 12, 2007
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Newton NJ
I woukld usea 60 watt bulb. 250 is way to hot. grab a thermometer and check the floor temps of that brooder. It should be 95F
 

ibpboo

Where Chickens Ride Horses
12 Years
Jul 9, 2007
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always changing
I have a 60 watt bulb in my box. It is just a cardboard box they are in for now. For the past three days I have been letting them go outside now during the day (in the 60's here) for dirt baths and just to have more room than their box. Mine are 9 days old today, RIR's. Yesterday they stayed out all day and came in about 6-7pm, they have no light bulb when they are outside, just the warm air.
 

wynedot55

Songster
12 Years
Mar 28, 2007
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i always use a 60 watt light bulb to keep them warm.more than that an they get to hot.
 

Rte.66_chicks

Songster
11 Years
Feb 22, 2008
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Kingman, AZ
If you have or can get an inexpensive thermometer, set it under the bulb, right on the litter. That will let you know without question if the temp is right. I picked up a two-pack with a stick thermometer and a dial type at Wal-Mart, and keep one under the light and the other in the far corner. Works really well-no guessing.
 

GwenFarms

Songster
11 Years
Feb 26, 2008
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I agree with everyone else. Its way too hot. They are really good at letting you know when something isn't right. Just grab a bulb out of your cabinet and try that. I bet it'll fix things for you.

Welcome to BYC!
 

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