Reducing Brooder Heat with Ecoglow

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bimbals, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. bimbals

    bimbals Just Hatched

    I can't find the thread I used as reference during last hatch so sorry if this is a repeated question!

    My chicks are nearly 3 weeks old and I'm wondering when I can start to wean them off the heat.

    I have been switching the Ecoglow off during the day for the last couple of days and eventually this will lead to no heat but still in brooder til they are ready to go outside in their new chick coop!

    I have crossed my Orpington Buffs with a Columbian Buff Cochin (Cock) and the chicks are absolutely huge! I already have the Ecoglow on the highest height and they often lay outside away from the heat source!

    Many thanks.
     
  2. Bill 101

    Bill 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can tell how it's supposed to be done. Start chicks at 95 degrees & reduce that by 5 degrees per week until there 4 weeks old. A reduction of 20 degrees. If you live in an area that is still cold30-40's I keep some heat available for awhile longer. You should be able to tell by the way the chicks act. If you have a lot of chicks & its cold they may pile up, smothering those on the bottom. A light in their brooding area prevents that - don't know why, but it does.
     

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