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Incubator to brooder

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Little Buffs, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. Little Buffs

    Little Buffs In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2017
    Hi everyone, this is mine and my partners first time at hatching chicks. We have a incubator which has the light bulb and I'm worried my chicks are going to burn their heads. So far we only have two chicks that have hatched last night and a couple more eggs which have pipped. I'm not sure when to move my chicks as I don't want them to get burnt, their buff Orpington's so are very tall which is my main worry. Thank you in advance [​IMG]

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us and congrats on your chicks. Whilst you will read what the ideal temperatures for chicks are, I'd suggest increasing the height of your heat source. If the chicks huddle together and chirp - they are too cold, so lower the heat source a little.

    I'm not sure how feasible this may be, but getting a brooder heat plate (e.g. Brinsea, but there are cheaper alternatives that do the job perfectly) - http://www.brinsea.com/c-36-chick-brooders.aspx will be both more comfortable and safer for your chicks. You could also check out the "Mamma Heating Pad (picture heavy)" thread here on BYC for an alternative.

    This link may also be of use - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raising-your-baby-chicks

    Best wishes
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You've received some good information so hello and thanks for joining us!
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Little Buffs, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! As NFC said, you've already been given some awesome advice so I'll just say good luck and best wishes!
  5. Little Buffs

    Little Buffs In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2017
    Thank you everyone, we have moved the chicks to the brooder and they seem much happier now. But one of our chicks has got splay legs so we are going to have to bandage them up and hope for the best. We've still got a couple of eggs which are yet to hatch they have pipped so we will have to wait with our fingers crossed [​IMG]
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Sending good hatching vibes your way[​IMG]
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard chickens! Glad you joined us, hope you enjoy it here as much as I have! :frow


  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Little Buffs [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some good advice and links, I will just wish you and your little ones all the best and good luck with the hatch.

    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. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  9. Little Buffs

    Little Buffs In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2017
    Thank you for your warm welcome, 4 of our chicks have hatched out of 6. Very exciting times ahead [​IMG]

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