Too hot to brood in garage?

egibsch

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We are newbies! Looking for brooder placement input.

We have 6 one-week-old chicks in a brooder in the house right now and our coop is in the building phase.
We have 4 chicks coming June 15 and another 3 coming July 6 (chicken math got us...)
We are using a heating plate (rentacoop brand).

Can we have the brooder in the garage? It gets warm in there especially when it is hot outside. It will get up to the mid-90's today and the garage will probably be over 100. That is a very warm temp for us this time of year, but I also know that a good 75 or 80-degree day will still have temps in the 90's in the garage.

I assume they would be fine outdoors as chickens or 'naturally', but wanted to get input for the chicks at this stage, especially since we have them coming at different times. TIA!
 

Ruthster55

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The baby chicks shouldn't be in temps over 100. Naturally, the temperature under a mama hen is around 99.5, and if it's hotter than that in an area, they can dehydrate easily.

Any way you could install a fan in the garage or just keep them in the house and run the a/c less?
 

egibsch

Chirping
May 31, 2020
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@Ruthster55 - Thank you! I was curious about what the upper air temp for chicks is, but didn't really know how to ask it! We can run a fan in the garage with a door open during the day - that may help!

They are actually fine in the house right now. We have a 3 ft x 5 ft brooder set up in our living room (we are calling it our 'chicken furniture') and it is providing quite a bit of entertainment for our family watching these little gals grow.

Part of my question is curiosity - how would chicken moms protect their babies from high temps & how much can they tolerate, and from a practical view - we may just get to a point where having a flock in our living room gets to be a bit much. :)
 

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