Temp in the Brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mommysongbird, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    My temp in the brooder was a steady 95* when we finally figured out the best place for the lamp and changed the 250 Watt brooder bulb for a 100 Watt standard white bulb. Then last night it was warm in the house and outside so we had the back door open. There was gentle breeze, but nothing bad. I seen the temp in the brooder dropping a bit so I closed the door. The temp stayed at 93* and is still there this morning. The chicks seem to be comfortable though. They are not crowding each other like they would if they needed to be warmed up. There are only 4 in the brooder right now, will be adding 4 more later this morning.

    So is the 93* degrees okay??
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I never gage the temp in the brooder--I go by how the chicks are acting. If they are too hot, they spread out away form the heat source. If they are too cold they will huddle under the heat. So, let your chicks be the guide. And adjust as necessary.
  3. h8snags

    h8snags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Murray, UT
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member


    Let the chicks tells you. Have a huge, huge brooder and they'll sleep where they are comfortable, even 3 feet from the heat circle. By week 3 they use very little additional supplemental heat, if the ambient temps stay above 40. By 5-6 weeks, they're done with heat altogether.
  5. pixiedouglas

    pixiedouglas Chillin' With My Peeps


    We found that our chicks seemed much more comfortable about 3-5 degrees cooler than recommended, so we went based on their behavior.

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