Just a question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mrsmartin2001, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. mrsmartin2001

    mrsmartin2001 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 24 baby chicks. I have 14 in a big blue tote basket, and I have 10 in a very deep old dresser drawer. I am keeping them in my house because is it so cold and windy outside. My question is, would it be ok to turn off the heat lamp at night before I go to bed and just put a thin blanket over the basket and drawer I have them in, or do they need to be uncovered and the light kept on?
     
  2. Iluvmychickens

    Iluvmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think from what i have read b4 they need to be kept warm and at 95 degree's for the 1st 3 weeks


    DeeDee
     
  3. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
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    I would keep the light on them and definitely not put a blanket over their brooder. Chicks chill very easily. They need to stay warm and have ventilation.
     
  4. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    They need to be at 95 degrees the first week, then subtract 5 degrees per week after that.
     
  5. priszilla

    priszilla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    90-95 24/7 1st week,drop heat by 5 degrees a week till 70 -use a thermometer if at all possible-but they need to be able to get away from the heat if they want to
     
  6. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
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    if you turn out the light how will you see them? you know you will want to be able to see what all the peeping is about.

    draftfree and warm 90-95 the first week if you have a red heat lamp its not as bad.
     
  7. mrsmartin2001

    mrsmartin2001 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thank you I am gonna try and put a picture on here to show you exactly how I have them.
     
  8. mrsmartin2001

    mrsmartin2001 Out Of The Brooder

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  9. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    They look huddled up to me, you need to make sure they are warm enough. You need to put something in there to determine what the temperature is.

    Do not turn the lamp off.
     
  10. mrsmartin2001

    mrsmartin2001 Out Of The Brooder

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    I dont have anything at all to determine the temperature, I could clamp the lamp on the side of the basket though, do you think that would help, or would they get warm?
     

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