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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by colby bush, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. colby bush

    colby bush Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey everyone. I bought 5 silkies today there about a week or two old. When I pick one up they feel really warm is this normal or should I move the light back some. It's about 8 inches away.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    They should have enough space to be able to get away from the light if they are too warm. Are they panting?
     
  3. colby bush

    colby bush Out Of The Brooder

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    No there chirping like happy little chicks. I was just making sure it's normal
     
  4. SkyeAus

    SkyeAus Out Of The Brooder

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    If really worried pop a thermometer in there and check the temp :)
     
  5. colby bush

    colby bush Out Of The Brooder

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    What should the temp be at? And when should they go outside "by themselves in separate coop"
     
  6. AuntNomi

    AuntNomi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 2-3 weeks, and they are outside. They do have a light that they can get under if they need. But I also live in Florida and so its really isn't cold here, not yet.
     
  7. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

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    Can they get away from the light if they get too hot. ? What kind of light. 8 inches sounds pretty close especially if they can't get to a cool place if needed.
     
  8. Cheep N Peep

    Cheep N Peep Chillin' With My Peeps

    All the books will tell you to reduce the temp. 5 degrees every week, until the chicks can stand outside nighttime temps. I don't worry about temperature too much, but I do watch it, since I don't have a heat cave. During week one I want the brooder (under the light) around 90, week two 85-80, week three 80-75, and so on and so forth. If the chicks seem hot I raise the lamp to lower the temperature. By week six They just have a regular 'light' light to see with, which I turn off at night to simulate day and night outside. Because it is winter, I waited until my girls were ten weeks old before putting them in the coop under the poop board, while the two older girls from spring could have gone in when they were six. (But the coop wasn't done, so...)
     
  9. colby bush

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    Yes they have the opposite side of the thing they are in. And they are running around for about 5 to 10 mins chirping and eating. Then they all huddle under the light for a bit and do it again. And they will have another silkie and a light outside in the coop. I would load a picture but it won't let me.
     
  10. colby bush

    colby bush Out Of The Brooder

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    Also how exactly can I tell if there panting? Is there a certain thing they do? Do the peep while panting?
     

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