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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kritterkeep, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. kritterkeep

    kritterkeep In the Brooder

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    We are getting 6 baby chicks today . (Born between yesterday and today)


    For right now we plan to keep them in a 10 gal fish tank with wire over top of it- So would the light from the fish tank keep them warm enough or should we use a heat lamp and how far away from them should it be?

    thank you for any help

    Donna B
     

  2. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Songster

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    Starting out the temps should be around 90 or 95 degrees. Decrease by 5 degrees each week there after. Good Luck!!!
     
  3. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Songster

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    you will probably need a heat lamp. Definately do some reading before you bring them home. There are lots of guides online and you might check your local library.
     
  4. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

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    Hi and welcome from North Carolina!![​IMG]
     
  5. melissastraka

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    I would get a thermometer to see how warm the light from the fish tank gets. If it doesnt reach atleast 90 i would get a heat lamp. I like to use the red ones. Just my own experiance
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I use a plain white 60 watt bulb in my brooder lamp. Also I have a wireless digital thermometer with an alarm to monitor the temp. If the temp gets below what ever I set the alarm for it will go off.
     
  7. pascopol

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    Quote:If your aquarium light is a fluorescent tube it is complete useless for heating, since they emit light, but very little heat.
     

  8. amarook

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    Also they might run out of room in there pretty quick.
    A nice large plastic tote makes a nice brooder box too.

    Good luck!
     
  9. Big dreams

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    Will a ten gal. aquarium with a top on it (I assume if you are using the light) have enough ventilation for the chicks? Just wondering.
     
  10. You know i have raised many chick in an aquarium, the tem gallon ones work great while they are little, which doesn't last long. In my experience i have used just a 60 watt light bulb with a dropcord. So far using that method I haven't had a single problem with heat or ventilation. The major thing is to keep it clean and to make sure they have some type of litter that will help them keep a firm hold on the ground to prevent spraddle feet. Welcome to BYC and good luck with your chickens i enjoy my chickens immensly.
     

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