Temp for the brooder box??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by henloverinmaine, May 25, 2008.

  1. henloverinmaine

    henloverinmaine Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! I have a 1 day old chick and am getting ready to move him/her to a brooder box. What should the temp be in the box? Thank you!!
     
  2. Sparrow

    Sparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've raised 3 batches of day-olds this spring using the 5-degree a week rule. I keep my chickies at about 90-95 for the first week of life, providing them with plenty of space in the brooder to get away from the heat if they need to. After that, I decrease the temp about 5 degrees every week until they are at a constant 75. Watch your chickies. I've never yet seen mine act chilly, instead, some of them do not want to be as hot as they "should" be and stay at the outer edges of the brooder when they are resting. If they are all at the far end of the brooder away from the heat acting agitated or lethargic/panting, definitely decrease the heat by a few degrees and watch for more normal behaviour.
     
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Sparrow, what I do is use the 95 as a start point, chicks should be spread out(I know kinda hard for one chick to spread out) If they are all under the light it is too cold(lower the light), if none under the light it is too hot(raise the light)
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Yup 90-95 first week and every week after that lower it 5 degrees [​IMG] Have fun with your babies! I'm SO enjoying mine! EXCEPT for the pasty butt! UGH!
     
  5. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A thermometer is a chicks best friend! Start at 95* first week then lower it 5* per week. Good luck [​IMG]
     
  6. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I would have to dissagree, only use the thermometer as a starting point, some chicks will overheat in 95 degree temp, space is a chicks best friend, they need to be able to get out of the full heat if it is too hot for them. If you have 10 chicks some may want to be in direct heat, and others will want to be completely out of heat, the rest will be somewhere in between. If you have complete brooder at ONE temp some will be too hot and some too cold, which is not good.
     
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Best to watch the chick to see how it is reacting to the warm or cold.

    I have babies in the coop with a mom hen - and she was teaching them to scratch around all day - they have no added heat - and it was around 85 in the coop - they were just fine - they were hatched out 21st and 22nd of May
     
  8. catfish

    catfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look at the link in my signature. It should bookmarked by every chicken owner.
     
  9. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Where did you stick the Ther-MOM-meter?
     
  10. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:Where did you stick the Ther-MOM-meter?

    [​IMG] [​IMG] Where can I buy one? when I buy it I'll figure it out by the pictures on the package! [​IMG]
     

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