Light Problem

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by imaflightyone, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. imaflightyone

    imaflightyone New Egg

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    I'm going to have chicks tomorrow 6 of them actually and because i wont be able to get a light for a few days i was wondering what can i use for them i will be keeping them in the house and its between 65-70 degrees in the room they will be and also is there anything they can eat other then chick starter?
     
  2. arwmommy

    arwmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not to be rude, but why are you getting chicks if you are not ready for them?????[​IMG]

    They are animals and *babies* that need basic things...warmth, water, food, protection.

    They (nor any newborn) are not good at adapting when their *basic* needs are not met.

    Go to the store now and get what you need. It sounds like you are young, so get your parents involved and work off the cost of the items you need by doing extra chores around the house if necessary (my mom was always a sucker for a cleaned out pantry or a backrub and would pay me well for either!!)

    I have been researching chicks/chickens for 2 months now and will still not get the babies until the middle of May. We are making sure that we can provide the best for them.

    Here is the link to the brooder we just set up today
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=4106


    Good luck to you and your babies....
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2007
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    imaflightyone, even a household light bulb in a table lamp will help. Steal a bulb from somewhere in the house, or a table lamp for now. Being prepared is more important than starting, however try to make sure the brooder isn't too warm or to cold. if you have a thermometer to check the temp, that would be good, also prepare the brooder and get it warm before the peeps are placed in there.

    Keep an eye on the peeps to make sure it's comfy for them.

    bigzio
     
  4. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    My husband worked on his grandparent's farm many years ago and all they used was a 75 watt bulb in a drop light and that is all we have used and the chicks were plenty warm. You must keep a therm. in there to make sure the temp stays at the correct temp for the babies.
     
  5. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i agree you need to be ready. but a regular white bulb will work. but i prefer the red heat lamp bulbs. it cuts down on glare and picking problems. when i first got mine, we had a spare bathroom that we didn't use. so i but the chicks in the tub. it worked great. made it easy to change the bedding and keep it cleaned out. they quickly out grow their living quarters. so be ready for a transfer before you know it. always be prepared with back up supplies. they require alot of prep work and upkeep.
     

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