New chicken lady

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sarahq, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. sarahq

    sarahq Just Hatched

    Mar 20, 2017
    I get my first chicks tomorrow! We are getting Easter Eggers, Light Brahmas, and Faverolles. I have been doing lots of reading and think I am prepared. My husband made the brooder. It has radiant floor heat instead of using heat lamps. Anyone else tried this? We have it in our house so it was easy to hook the brooder up to it also.
  2. vachick15

    vachick15 Chicken Obsessed

    Welcome to BYC! I haven't tried that, but I hope it works for you! Have fun and enjoy your chicken journey!
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  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I've never tried that (no radiant floor heat here) but a couple questions...can the brooder heat be adjusted to lower temps as the chicks get older? And can the chicks move from warmer brooder areas to cooler ones (so they can self-regulate their body heat)?

    You could try using the Search feature (upper left, under the logo) to see if you can find other posts about radiant heat...maybe other members have used it in their brooders.

    Best of luck to you!
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  4. sarahq

    sarahq Just Hatched

    Mar 20, 2017
    Hello! The temperature will be controlled by a thermostat so we can turn it up and down, we will also have a regular thermometer in there to double check the thermostat. The "pipe" for the radiant heat runs along the back wall, so the back will be warmer at the recommended temperature and the front cooler and they can get away from the heat.
    I couldn't find any post about radiant floor heat, but would love to hear if anyone else has done it. [​IMG]
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under sarahq [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sounds like your hubby did a great job on the brooder! Sorry, no radiant heat experience here either, just hatches under a broody hen.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
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  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas, sarahq, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! Good luck to you and your new chicks!
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. If you radiant heat brooder works out well, I hope you will post an article about it, so others can learn.
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