Summertime brooding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by roaminggnome61, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. roaminggnome61

    roaminggnome61 Out Of The Brooder

    51
    0
    39
    Jun 7, 2009
    Upper Sanduksy, OH
    Hi everyone! I am not new to baby chick brooding, but I am new to summer brooding. I have just picked up 2 silver laced wyandottes from Meyer Hatchery. The two new girls will round out my flock total of 15. The older hens are travelling around the yard in portable coops until winter. The new chicks are being brooded in winter coop, which has been adapted for chicks. To my question: how on earth do I manage the temperature of the coop? The outside temperature can be over 90' one day and then 80' the next. The evenings range from 60' to 80'. On the hot days, do I have to keep a light on? I'm afraid the chicks will cook. Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
  2. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    1,616
    12
    194
    Feb 8, 2007
    Colorado
    I would not use anything other than a standard light bulb (not a energy saver one- they produce no heat) 100watt or even 75watt. Given a big enough area, they will move in or out towards or away from the heat as need be on their own.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by