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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by duke 2, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. duke 2

    duke 2 Out Of The Brooder

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    My baby chicks like to sleep a lot and lay in the cold part of the brooder, they still run around and eat and drink but they still always go back to the one side to sleep, are they okay? The brooder temp is around 85 degrees
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    If they are going to the cool end of the brooder the heated end is too hot for them. If your using a lamp I would raise it up so the heat is not as intense for them. They need to be able to warm themselves up and cool themselves down as they would with a hen.
    How old are your chicks?

    ETA ~ This is a good article to check out ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raising-your-baby-chicks
     
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  3. duke 2

    duke 2 Out Of The Brooder

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    They are two weeks old, I have the light attached to a dresser and the light is about two and a half maybe three feet from the bottom of the box
     
  4. duke 2

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  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm afraid your box is too small and the lamp is too close. They have no way of getting out of the heat in there. The lamp is heating the whole box up.
    If you can give them as much room as possible or get a smaller watt bulb. Tilting the lamp could help by only heating one end of the box up. At 2 weeks mine are heading outside but can go back in when they want a warm up ~

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  6. BertandMary

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    You can also cut some venting holes on each side of the box to allow heat to escape. I agree with the previous poster about it being too small and too hot. You've created an oven and they are simply too small to bake. (lol?)
     
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  7. duke 2

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    Could I angle the light up more so it shines on the far side of the box?
     
  8. Yorkshire Coop

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    Yes, I would do that as soon as you can so they can cool down. Make it just so part of the box is warm.
     
  9. duke 2

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    Okay I will do that, thank you all so much!
     
  10. Yorkshire Coop

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    Your most welcome, good luck with your chicks :D
     

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