Is 76 warm enough for 10 day olds

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nuts4hotwheels, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. nuts4hotwheels

    nuts4hotwheels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 chicks and they are 10 days old and kept in small brooder in the house. I keep the the house thermostat at 76 degrees with a 150w lamp on the brooder. Today they were acting like they were too warm, panting and trying to move away from the heat. I turned the light off and they seem to be fine. They are not piled on top of each other like they are cold. Is 74-76 degrees a warm enough temp for 10 day old chicks or should I just use a smaller watt light like a 75w? [​IMG]
     
  2. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    I would say change the bulb and if they act hot under that then just stop using a heat lamp.
     
  3. newchicksnducks

    newchicksnducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would just raise the heat lamp. Do you have a thermometer in the brooder? I often subtract 3-5 degrees from the "recommended" temperature, but not by too much. At 10 days old, "they" recommend around 90 degrees F. My newest group is 15 days old, I have it around 83*F. If they seem warm, raise the lamp. If they seem cold, lower it. Good rule to judge by.
     
  4. nuts4hotwheels

    nuts4hotwheels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I swapped the 150w bulb for a 75w bulb and they seem to be doing fine, now.
     
  5. SouthernChick

    SouthernChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use a lower watt bulb 75W would be fine.
     
  6. vickibiro

    vickibiro Out Of The Brooder

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    mine are 10 days old and they seem happiest around 81 degrees so that's where I keep them
     
  7. nuts4hotwheels

    nuts4hotwheels Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking about moving them outside to the secure coop. I am in Texas and it is around 90 degrees in the daytime and 80 at night. I just like having my babies in the house so I can keep an eye on them.
     

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