Need tips on rasing the heat.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Uzuri, May 19, 2009.

  1. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    So I tested the brooder this weekend (it's one of those open dog crates; I've put cardboard up the sides, and when I get closer to "chick time" there will be pellets in the bottom). Just eked out a 95 during the day... hmm... worrisome. Seems like it'll be difficult to keep it there at night, though I did intentionally choose a cool day for testing, to get closer to the night temps that we'll be having in two weeks.

    I've got the bulb about as close to the ground as I can get it (no sense in having chicks bumping their heads on it [​IMG] ) I don't want to go heat lamp if I can help it because I'm scared to death of fire--just using 100 watt bulbs is making me nervous enough, and I've got that thing chained, tied, taped, and clipped.

    Any ideas on how to warm things up a bit? Will the addition of the pellets and the waterer/feeder/chicks themselves gain me a few degrees?
  2. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    If you have the correct lamp (ceramic) then a heat bulb will not cause a fire.
    I have 2 going right now in my house and never gave it a thought.
    Sure sounds like it will be too cold otherwise....

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