Too hot?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Slingha, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Slingha

    Slingha Chirping

    Feb 7, 2014
    I had been testing the brooder for days before the chicks came home to make sure I was between 95 and 97.

    Thought I was all set. I put the chicks in yesterday and they did the chick huddle for a few hours.

    I called an audible and lowered the lamp. 5 minutes later they were scurrying all over the place. I took the temp of the brooder last night and it was 110 but they were sleeping throughout the brooder. I got nervous this morning and raised the light a bit abd now have 99 on the thermometer. They are not running around too much. Mostly staying near the light.

    So which is it? Do I go with the thermometer or visual cues?

  2. Slingha

    Slingha Chirping

    Feb 7, 2014
    Ps: the temps I'm referencing are directly under the heat lamp which directly points at 1/3 of the brooder
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I'd use both the visual cues and the thermometer to check what the visuals are telling you as a learning tool.
    If they spend some time under the heat to sleep but go out of the heat to eat and drink, they are probably fine.

    Also check the temp on the floor of the brooder farthest from the heat light, they need a cooler place to go.
  4. Ren2014

    Ren2014 Blessed Beyond Hope

    Jan 27, 2014
    I had the same issue. I finally just gave up on the thermometer and went by visuals. The whole brooder does not have to be the targeted temp. Make sure they have room to get out from under the lamp. Good luck.
  5. The visual due's are very important but I am thinking you might have a slight
    draft somewhere but newborns do like some high temps but I always try to
    use 2 thermometers to check the temp as only one could be off but you could
    be safer by paying attention to the chicks ............

  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Overheating kills quickly, so use the visual clues from the chicks. I don't use a thermometer in my brooder, I just watch the chicks.
  7. Go with the visuals. Chicks are living, breathing things, and they will have varied preferences.

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