Newbie question about brooder temperature

The Farmer's Mama

Hatching
8 Years
Aug 8, 2011
6
0
7
Eastern Shore, VA
My family got our first ever chicks 2 weeks ago. We are very excited! We are worried about the temp in there though...My bulb was way too hot for my chicks, so we got a smaller bulb and now the temp wont get over 80. They seem happy. No huddling up under the light. They just are in there hanging out. Is is ok for my 2 week old chicks to be at 80 degrees?
 

ChikeeMomma

Songster
10 Years
Mar 29, 2009
1,453
5
161
Mid Michigan
As long as they are active around the whole brooder and don't huddle up much, I'd say they are fine. I never use a thermometer. I always go by what the chicks are doing. They do tend to huddle up when sleeping, but it shouldn't be a tight huddle.
 
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Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
16,317
71
331
Kansas~50+ yrs of chickens
I don't keep a thermometer in my brooders.....I go by how the chicks are acting. If they act comfortable then they are. They're very quick to let you know if they're too cold.
 

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