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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickenmadame, Apr 4, 2011.
Just got my chicks from the hatchery, they are one day old, and they are panting......whats up?
They're too hot... move the heat lamp up if you can and make sure its only on one side, not say, the middle, that way they have the other side to get to to cool down a bit.
They're too hot
Please get a thermometer for the brooder if you don't have one, and leave it in there. One of my biggest pet peeves is to read "you don't need a thermometer, your chicks will tell you if it's too hot/cold by the way they act" on BYC. (No one on this thread has said that, yet. But I do read it here often.) A thermometer in combination with they way they act is the best way to know if your brooder temps are correct. More than likely they are too hot and/or stressed from shipping. Check the temps first.
How are they now?
Ok they are looking better. They are definatly more vocal than my others, and they all seem to want to snuggle me, but the brooder is warm enough and they are eating drinking and pooping.