Texas Weather

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ren2014, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    Gees, yesterday it was 70+, today it's in the 30's. I'm battling with my brooder and trying to keep it a steady temperature. Yesterday the light went up as high as I could put it and back down today. Chicks are going on 3 weeks now. How detrimental is temperature to the little guys at this age? Thank you all for any input.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    If you have raised them outside, they are probably nearly acclimated to outdoor temps at this point. The main thing I would be concerned with is that they can escape from heat if they want to.

    When I brooded outdoors in early spring, at 3 weeks the chicks were sleeping as far from the heat lamp as they could get, which was about 3' or 4', so I turned it off. Nighttime lows were more like 50 than 35, granted, but still....
     
  3. chickkrzi

    chickkrzi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey there, welcome to BYC. I'm from Waco TX myself so I understand you problem. I've got 10 Rhode Island Red (RIR) in a my incubator now. Having to adjust temperature twice a day to keep up with these cool fronts then warm fronts that we're having. What I have is a breeding pin. Once my chicks are 1 week old I use that coop (6×4 in size) as a brooding area. Just hang a heat lamp 2 ft off floor and they'll just move in an out as they need. I do open a window if outside temp hits 70's. Wish you luck.
     
  4. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    Thank you for your reply. I have noticed on most days they are sleeping as far away as they can.
     
  5. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope Premium Member

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    Thank you for your reply. At what age do you turn the lamp off? Since they are staying on the edges of the brooder I might turn it off on the warm days and go by their behavior instead of the thermometer reading.
     
  6. chickkrzi

    chickkrzi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really don't go by age, just how warm it is outside. Once they completely feather out I wont add any heat unless it drops below 45.
     
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