Please help with heat lamp temps

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Splinty, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Splinty

    Splinty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    New York
    Hello!! I'm having a problem with my heat lamp temps. Our chicks are only 5 days old and the temps here on LongIsland the past few days have been getting inti the high 80's - low 90's. We are keeping the brooder in our sunroom (solid roof, glass windows on 3 walls, solid 4th wall) and the temp in the brooder out on direct heat is hitting 100 or above. We have the heat lamp as high as it can go without drilling holes in the ceiling. Is it ok to turn it off during the day and keep a close eye on the brooder temps? I don't want anything bad to happen to the chicks (we have only 3). Bringing them inside our house is not an option. I have 3 dogs and 3 house cats. Is ther anything else I can do to keep them cooler. All the windows are open in th sunroom and we have a big floor standing fan on also. Thank You. I forgot to mention we are using a 250w bulb that came with the brooder. The temp in the sunroom is 84.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    You can turn that lamp off when it is that warm. If they are five days old, they can easily handle temperatures in the upper 80's. Too much heat is more danger than too little as long as it does not get real cool. Get rid of the extra heat and watch them to see if you need to turn it back on.

    Is there any way to open a vent up high to let the hot air out of your sun room?
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I agree with Ridgerunner, and even if they do need some heat at night, switch to a lower wattage bulb, red if you can find it. I use a red, outdoor, 100 watt flood light I found at a "Mom & Pop" hardware store.
  4. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2010
    SW PA
    Take out the 250w bulb and use a 40 or 60w bulb. You can find red spot lights at Home Depot. Turn it off during the heat of the day, then check the temps when it cools off. To much heat is worse than not enough.
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    what are the chicks doing? Follow their lead, if they are spread all over the place, panting...too warm, if bundled together, too cold...
    they know what they need, and at 5 days old...can handle it
  6. Splinty

    Splinty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    New York
    Thank You. We don't have vents in our sunroom. My husband is going to put a hook in the roof to raise the light higher. We figured we would have to do that anyway because we have to keep raising the light 5deg on Tuesday's. He is making their tractor today so we can start bringing them outside to get use to it when they are 2 weeks old. What age can they live out there? Also if the temps in the sunroom are matching or higher then the brooder light is at their different stages, should I just stop using the light?
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I agree with turning it off when it's that warm out. Saves you money and makes them more comfortable.
  8. Splinty

    Splinty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2011
    New York
    Quote:They are all sitting/playing/sleeping at the far end of the brooder away from the light. They were splashing their water just a little while ago.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011

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