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Outdoor brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Iheartchicks<3:), Apr 11, 2011.

  1. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    MY brooder is out in the coop. I have 2 heatlamps in there and its at a steady temp of 80.. will this be too cold? What could i do to mak it warmer besides moving the lights?
     
  2. pcosmom

    pcosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know how big your brooder is but in mine I put a plastic dog house and put a smaller watt bulb 125 in the lamp and hung it on the side of the box, it doesn't close completely tight but the chicks seem to like it, and on really warm day if I unplug the lamp it gives them a cooler shady place to get..
     
  3. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    my brooder is about 3 ft by 2ft by 4ft...
     
  4. pcosmom

    pcosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is a lot bigger, but of course I went from 6 to 40 chicks
     
  5. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    Quote:Im nervouse with 2 heatlamps it wont stay at a good heat. Its either 110 degrees 0r 75-80 degrees.. ugh!
     
  6. icemanchicken

    icemanchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Go to the home depot and get you a lower water heater thermostat and it will keep it what ever temp u like [​IMG] and they are only 8 bucks or so.
     
  7. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    How do those work?
     
  8. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    The chicks will tell you if they're comfortable or not. Watch the way they behave. It's your surest way to know.

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    I stopped trying to use a thermometer in the brooder. They don't accurately measure radiant heat. Your chicks will tell you what you need to know.
     

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