Need a lil help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SandeeC, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. SandeeC

    SandeeC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey guys and gals :) Came home today after I got an emergency call out, was 30c in my bedroom where my chickens are, they had drank their water dry, put more in, they became drenched after swimming in it.
    My main question is at the moment, we are at 23c at 9:37pm, but by 5am the temp drops. I can't turn the heat lamp on for them as they hop straight back in their water dish.
    Can I leave their heat lamp off for the night?
    will they be ok?
    Sorry, as my boys say, I am a panicky nanny :) Babies are easier lol
     
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi there,
    How old are your chickies?? According to my temp. gauge, 23C is about 70+F, so unless they are really small, I think you could probably manage without a heat lamp. The fact they jumped into the water to cool down makes me think they were too hot. As long as they are out of draughts they should be just fine. Sue
     
  3. SandeeC

    SandeeC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks Sue :)
    Eldest one is only 5 days old, youngest is only 4 days.
    I put them in a cage (new parrot cage) inside last night, left them without the lamp on and they are doing remarkably well :)
    They aren't hopping into their water dish anymore, had to take them out of the brooder box as it was still keeping hot.
    They are still managing to drink heaps of water even without the heat lamp. But they are eating massive amounts of chicken starter though, which makes them thirsty.
    Wing feathers etc are already forming and quite long for their age.
     
  4. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like they're doing just fine! My friend has baby chicks right now, keeping them under the light, but we are in upstate NY which is a toasty 5C right now, snow predicted for the weekend..........[​IMG] What breeds do you have? Sue
     
  5. SandeeC

    SandeeC Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have Isa Browns and RIR's :)
    Will have to get pics of them soon, they are starting to grow way too fast.
    It's 10c here this morning, but they are in the lounge room watching tv lol
     
  6. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hah! Nothing like TV with breakfast.......just don't let them watch the McDonalds chicken finger ads..........
     
  7. SandeeC

    SandeeC Chillin' With My Peeps

    hahahaha They are watching cartoons lol
    I mainly keep it on for my son's miniature poodle pup, keep her company, but chickens hate it when I turn it off as well lol
    I am going to have to show them a KFC ad just before they start laying :)
     

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