Regulating brooder temp when using a Brinsea 20

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Azure Acres, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Azure Acres

    Azure Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am using a Brinsea 20 in my brooder. I understand how you regulate brooder temp when using a heat lamp, but not with the Brinsea. How do you lower the temp 5 degrees each week with the Brinsea?
     
  2. Abieda

    Abieda Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got mine and haven't used it yet. But, my understanding is that the chicks will just naturally spend less time under it as they get older and need less heat- just like they would do with a momma hen.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Most that I've seen, you just raise it as the chicks get bigger. Good luck.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    You don't lower the temp each week. I don't know where that advice started, and why it's so pervasive, but it's not necessary. The brinsea is supposed to mimic a momma hen. The temp under a momma hen stays the same, no matter how big the chicks are. They simply spend less and less time under the hen. The hen also doesn't get taller as the chicks get bigger, they just hunker down and creep under her.
     
  5. Azure Acres

    Azure Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! This is kind of what we were thinking, but wanted to be sure!
     

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