max brooder temp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Oceanseve, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay the temperature fluctuates here from 30s at night to 70-80s during the day. I have a 250 watt bulb floating over a 4'1/2" x 4'1/2" box, this morning at dawn is was around 95.... then by 3pm it maxed out at 110......... I have it over the center of the box right now and figure the outskirts must be closer to 90..... so do I leave it alone? Is it better for it to chance getting too warm or too cold? Help?

    Update - the temp ranged last night from 100 just below the light to around 50 at the edge, so that should be plenty of range right? or is that too much in case someone forgets to go back toward the center at night?
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2009
  2. Barry

    Barry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would have it more towards 1 corner.
    If the chicks are cold they will move towards it , if they are hot they can move away from it.
    You really don't need to try and make it a uniform temp.
     
  3. L*A*G*

    L*A*G* Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yep.
     
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    110 could kill them if they can't get out from under the heat. If you give them enough space to all get out from under the heat though they'll just lay in the right spot depending what the temp is.
     
  5. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the walls are around 90 or a bit lower..... so I guess they will have enough of a spectrum. Thanks!
     

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