Room temp. for baby chicks??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nhchickmom, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. nhchickmom

    nhchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2008
    Thornton, NH
    Hi All,

    My husband and I adopted a small flock (5), but we lost one [​IMG] of chickens early this fall. We are ordering some baby chicks this weekend to add to our backyard flock. I have a pretty good handle on how to raise them once they arrive with a heat lamp, etc, but what does the overall temperature need to be in the room that their pen is in.

    They will arrive sometime in March and the average daily temp here is about 35 during the day and 10 at night for that month. Do they need to be inside at room temp with the heat lamp at about 100 or can they be protected from drafts in say the mudroom, that is unheated with a heat lamp? [​IMG] Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Any place out of direct drafts where you can keep the brooder temps up around 95 the first week (decrease by 5 degrees weekly) should be fine. The mudroom is a good place. Even baby chicks stink after couple days.
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Chicken Obsessed

    Oct 16, 2008
    the room temperature makes no difference.. if you can keep their brooder at the 85 to 90 degrees and draft free..

    I kept mine outside under a lean to roof when it was 10 F above 0.

    the stink of 60 chicks was more than we could endure in the house..

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