To heat or not to heat.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Miss717, May 5, 2011.

  1. Miss717

    Miss717 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Rushville, NE
    I've heard the rules about keeping heat at 95 first week, 85 second week, etc., but how does one adjust temp with a heat lamp. Is there danger in keeping heat on too long any other info on raising chicks for a new egg would be helpful. [​IMG] Thanks. PS: I've been told no such thing as a dumb or silly question, but still feels that way.
  2. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Move the light up and away from the chicks to reduce heat. If the brooder is large enough the chicks can wander under the heat when needed and in to cooler temps when needed as well.

    There is always a fire hazard with heat lamps. They need to be SECURE in a way that would seem borderline paranoid.
  3. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2010
    bloomington, indiana
    change the temp by moving the light higher/lower [​IMG] just make sure there is a place where they can also get out of the heat. they'll regulate themselves, and you can watch their behavior - if they're huddled together under the lamp, they're too cold, if they're as far away as they can get from the lamp, they're too hot. if they're spread out, it's good [​IMG]
  4. mrchicken

    mrchicken Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2011
    It's 95 the first week. Then decreasing by 5.
    Put a thermometer in the brooder. That's what I did.
  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    If you raise the bulb higher, you get a larger circle of light that is less intense. You could also use a dimmer switch.

    ETA: The chicks should sleep under the light snuggled in a little chick raft, not be piled on top of each other. Awake time should be spent wandering around the brooder, not hanging out under the light all of the time.
    Last edited: May 5, 2011

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