Newbie questions...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by smhoekzema, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. smhoekzema

    smhoekzema Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    Just a couple of newbie questions... My 5 day old chicks like to be REALLY warm. My thermometer says it's 36-37 degrees CELSIUS in their favourite corner under the heat bulb at times. When I put in a lower wattage bulb so it's around 31-32 (recommended) they all gather together under it cheeping loudly and can't seem to get to sleep:( What should I do?? Also one of my chicks has a spot on her beak ( different colour). The others often peck at it. Will this hurt her?
  2. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2013
    There cheeping because they are cold if they are huddled under the light, lower it closer to them is the brooder big enough for them to get away from the light if they get to hot? Usually they will find a happy medium spot near the light.The bigger they get raise the light so it's not so hot.
  3. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    Have you checked your thermometer? Maybe its not accurate. I'd just be guided by the chicks and give them the extra warmth with the option to move away if they get too warm.
  4. smhoekzema

    smhoekzema Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    The thermo is accurate:) Had the same thought as you appps! Thanks for your help:) It's room temp at the other end so I assume they will sort themselves out
  5. Katt66

    Katt66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2013
    Barnesville, PA
    Yes they will sort themselves out and find the spot they like most. I always treated my chick pens like my reptile enclosures. Give them an ideal "hotspot". Not sure what it would be in Celsius but in Fahrenheit I keep the hot spot close to 100F for the first few days. And give them enough room to move away if they want to a cooler spot around 80F. They'll find the spot that's right for them. And just go by their behavior. If they're constantly huddled under the heatlamp peeping they want it warmer. If they're constantly as far away as they can get, they want it cooler. I've always gone "by the book" but by the chicks' behavior as well.

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