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Please dummy check my brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Meesh, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I setup my brooder today in the big basement closet, turned on the lights, and am watching the temperature to try and get it about right. Chicks will be here mid week, if they ship on time (12 standards, 4 bantams).

    Is there anything else I need except for the chicks, filling the waterer and feeder? I did buy the chick starter.

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    A warrior princess to watch over my chicks!

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    Oh, and I am going to try alfalfa pellets instead of pine shavings when the chicks are a 'lil bigger, those are on my list for my next trip to town.

    Thanks!!!
    Michelle (going into nesting mode) [​IMG]
     
  2. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Colorado
    Wow! That looks great.

    I know that some people put marbles in their waterers to keep the chicks out. Also, have you thought about perches? I know my chicks were on perches very quickly.

    Great Job!
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Just make sure they have room to get away from the heat lamps. I can't tell how far apart they are, but they need to be able to get to cooler areas from time to time. Looks pretty good to me. You will want to raise the feeder and waterer up off the floor in a couple of days.
     
  4. plapczynski

    plapczynski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long as they have Zena Warrior Princess overlooking them... they will be fine... [​IMG]


    sorry couldn't resist... [​IMG]
     
  5. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Thanks! I will add marbles and some cute 'lil perches. The lights do have some less intense areas, I think the chicks can get away from the direct heat, to some extent. The temp has stabilized at 94 deg., which I will double check with a non-digital thermometer.

    I think I'm about ready! And BREATHE!!! [​IMG] This is the closest to labor I've ever been. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Cheers,
    Michelle
     
  6. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    NY
    GREAT SET UP WITH A LOT OF THOUGHT AND PLANNING.
    BUT
    I am worried about your lights.

    I had a light like that in my dining room on a brooder with a 60 watt lightbulb
    turned on 24/7 and it got hot over time and melted the black plastic top and melted the cord off.
    If we had not been home and smelled it the house may have burned down.

    I have one more like it and I only use it in an emergency and will not use more than a 40 watt light bulb.

    THEY WERE NOT made to be on 24/7

    You need one with a white ceramic top from TSC, Agway, or your local farm/feed store.


    :)
     
  7. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting. I will see if I can find one with a ceramic top. I looked at the store and didn't see anything other than plain bulbs. I am sure the feed store doesn't have them (what's Agway [​IMG] ?). Maybe there's a specialty place in town, I'm not sure? I have been using those lights in my coldframe 24 x 7 BUT it's cold outside, so maybe a bit different than indoors.

    Anyway, thanks for the note about that and I will see what else I can find!

    Cheers,
    Michelle
     
  8. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    NY
    GO LOOK AT THE BROODER THREAD THE LAST PICTURE ON THE LAST PAGE HAS A GOOD PIC OF A BROODER LIGHT.

    They also have thicker more heavey duty cords on brooder lamps.

    I used mine for a few hatches befor I had a problem.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I always use the ceramic ones. Mel is right, the plastic ones can melt with constant use at high wattage.
     
  10. Meesh

    Meesh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well if I can't find them locally, I will order some lights in. I may have to use the lighter ones for a few days, but that should be OK. The brooder lights are so inexpensive, and I really don't want to burn the house down using the wrong type of light...

    I can see how those lights could get extra hot with the draft guard keeping the heat from dissipating.

    Wish we had a TSC here.

    Cheers,
    Michelle
     

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