Old brooder need help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by towtruckman, May 2, 2009.

  1. towtruckman

    towtruckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted before and had little feedback so I thought I would try again. I picked up this old brooder but need a few questions answered before I use it. On the top level on one end it has a heating element that can be moved up and down it just plugs in no thermostat. I can only get it to heat to about 60 degrees this end is enclosed so they can go inside the red end. On other end is a light bulb do you use these together or is heating element broke and needs to be replaced with a up to date model. I was not sure if you needed less heat since it was a small area. Any information would be GREAT. I don't want to loose any chicks on a test run.

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  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm not familiar with that type of brooder, but I do know 60 degrees is not warm enough. I'd set it up where it is going to be used and try the element and light bulb together, but I think you will either need to add additional heat or replace the element.

    You are probably aware of this, but the entire brooder does not have to be exactly at the recommended temperature. I think it is best to provide them an area with the recommended temperature, but give them an area with the temperature a little lower so they can find their comfort range. I don't mean a 30 degree difference but maybe a 10 degree difference then watch your chicks and let them tell you if they are comfortable.

    Good luck!!
     

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