New Mommy in Arizona

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hdipadova, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. hdipadova

    hdipadova Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 5, 2009
    Mesa, AZ
    My hubby got us 4 chicks for Christmas and we have never had chickens before so I am feeling kind of lost. I wanna make sure the are safe and happy. Every website I look at always seems to refer to BYC so i figure this is the best place to get some answers. First off, we built a brooder for the chicks and I am not sure if it is warm enough. It is about 55 degrees outside mid day and drops about 15 degrees at night. the brooder is a 24" by 36" wood box and it has one 75 watt bulb in it. The chicks are about 2 weeks old. Is this warm enough? I dont have a thermometer.
  2. arabookworm

    arabookworm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    you can tell whether or not the chicks are warm enough by how they behave. if they are all huddling under the heat lamp, they are cold. if they are panting or getting as far away as possible from the lamp, they're too warm. if they look comfortable, then they are fine.

    I found that the thermometer didn't help me, cuz they were more comfortable at a lower temp than was recommended, so I just ditched it after a week or so.
  3. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    I always go by the chicks behavior too, that was how my Grandpa did it and he raised a gazillion chicks, lol.
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Quote:You got that right! [​IMG] This truly is the best site on the web for chicken info. Glad you joined us and welcome to the wonderful wide world of chickens!!!
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  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Quote:You got that right! [​IMG] This truly is the best site on the web for chicken info. Glad you joined us and welcome to the wonderful wide world of chickens!!!
    [​IMG] !!!

    I agree if are looking to learn about chickens look no further new Mom. you have found your home, just beware be very aware. This could lead to more chickens, less house work and more hatching. we are a fun bunch but very addictive for sure.


    oh yea and you will have too much fun too.
  6. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
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    Oh how I miss Arizona! I grew up in Phoenix and I miss the desert so bad this time of year. About where are you?

    And they are right that you can tell the right temp for chicks by the way they act. Good luck with your new babies!
  7. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
  8. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    I agree with the others about watching the chicks behavior, but I also suspect you are going to find them huddled under the heat lamp - I doubt they are warm enough outside under a 75 watt bulb.

    You might want to keep them inside for a few weeks and then move them outdoors under a heat lamp. We live in Glendale, AZ and I kept our chicks under a heat lamp with a 250 watt bulb (purchased at home depot) inside a shed till they were 6 weeks old and that was back in Sept when it wasn't even that cold outside yet. Even in Sept, they were usually under the heat lamp.

    Two week old Chicks should be kept at 85-90 degrees. They can go down another 5 degrees each week till they're about 6 weeks old and have all their feathers. They'll either move out a little from being right under the lamp or you can raise the lamp a little higher each week. Good luck.
  9. crazy hen quartet

    crazy hen quartet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 20, 2008
    Chandler AZ
    Welcome! Nice to see another member in AZ!

    Chickens are so addictive.. only had mine a few months and I'm already plotting how to get more past my hubby.

    Can you post pics of your new babies?
  10. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

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