Temperature question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KristenF87, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. KristenF87

    KristenF87 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have two "batches" of chicks. Two 9 week olds who were recently transferred to their coop and four 2 1/2 week olds in a brooder inside. For both batches' first weeks they were kept at 95 degrees and we then decreased the temp by 5 degrees each week (always paying attention to whether they acted cold or hot and adjusting accordingly, also). They are all happy and healthy so far and we figured this method works pretty well.

    A friend's chicks arrived via mail while they were out of town for a few days so we watched the day-olds (two EE's and two silkies) for them and kept them at 95 degrees. They picked up their chicks this afternoon and called to tell us that one of their EE's died and they believe it was dehydrated and too hot. They're saying that 95 degrees is way too hot and it's our fault the chicky died [​IMG]

    If for no other reason than peace of mind, could someone tell me the ideal temperature for day old chicks? I can't bare to think that I killed the poor thing...
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like they need to join BYC and learn how to raise chickens.

    95 was fine.
     
  3. lfoose

    lfoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anything I've read from the TSC catalog to Meyer Hatchery to BYC and everything in between says to keep the chicks at 95 and decrease 5 degrees each week. To me, it sounds like you've done nothing wrong. Perhaps it was a delayed trama from being delivered or moved to another house.
     
  4. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

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