The 7th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-A-Long!

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Happy Chooks, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    I am going to learn by dead chicks, which sucks, but I don't see any other way. I got 2 large plates to pretty much fill the brooder, so there shouldn't be cold spots, but with the temps being what they are I can't be sure.
     
  2. lacymorgan

    lacymorgan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Taking orders for mix dz hatching eggs if anyone needs any. Can ship this week and last two weeks In Feb. Feb 28 for the hatch a long. 55 plus 25 shipping for one dz or 100 plus 25 shipping for 2 Breeds are Cream Crested Legbar, Isbar, Welbar. Fly tie, Black Copper, Lavender split to black and White Marans depends on who is laying that week. Right now I am getting a few from each[​IMG]
     
  3. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member

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  4. chattery41

    chattery41 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why dead chicks ? If they can all get under the plates they should be fine as long as there is no cold wind voiding out the heat. You know they make a thermostat plug for these Premier 1's right ? Just plug the plate into it and i guess u can set the heat.
     
  5. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    I already have the thermacubes, they are great, but they cannot make things heat more than they are capable of. I experimented last week heating my brooder with a single 175w infra red, it didn't work. I know the plates warm to 125F, what I don't know is whether they can heat the ambient temperature in my greenhouse high enough to keep the chicks toasty in week 1. I bought 2 large in hopes this will work, but I am hoping to put 75+ chicks out there...
     
  6. Cynthia12

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  7. JoyfulPromise

    JoyfulPromise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have the Premier Heat Plates too and LOVE them! We have two large plates that we have used for 100 broiler chicks and they work just fine! With broilers you have to be a little more careful to keep the height a little higher than you think you need to, because the broilers seem to give off more body heat than layer chicks and can suffocate themselves by crowding in the middle of the plates. Once we figured that out we haven't lost a one under the plates. We also have one small heat plate from Premier that I have used for smaller batches of laying chicks and once for 10 turkey poults. I think you will be very happy with the heat plates! I highly recommend them! [​IMG]
     
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  9. NotAFarm

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  10. chattery41

    chattery41 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put cardboard around the perimeter of the plate to keep the wind out as i have mine in my coop and it's old and drafty. Just checked them again and they are doing great , hopefully yours will be fine. It's a regulator i seen as an option with the plate. Don't think that would raise it too much higher because they say to set the height even with the chicks back and i don't know if they could handle more heat in direct contact like that.
     

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