In my box, they move to one corner?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lundgrenj, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. lundgrenj

    lundgrenj In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2008
    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)
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2008
  2. line-rat

    line-rat In the Brooder

    Nov 7, 2007
    west central ohio
    I think it is a little to warm for them. 250 watts wow. Try raiseing the bulb or go to a much smaller watt bulb.
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    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
  4. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    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.
  5. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    By the way, welcome to BYC!
  6. lundgrenj

    lundgrenj In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2008
    Thanks! I'm new to this, but very exited.
  7. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

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

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    250 watts is to powerful for indoors when I had mine indoors I used a 70 watt.
  9. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    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.
  10. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    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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