- Apr 16, 2017
I have two chicks who are just shy of 3 weeks old. One of them has a whole lot of adult feathers, seems to be maturing quickly. The other is a typical 3 week old....some feathers, but still lots of fluff. I’ve read they need heat to be around 85 degrees at this age, but they are constantly laying as far away from the heat as possible when it is set to that temp (I use a calibrated glass thermometer in the brooder). I actually turned the light right off today because they just constantly seemed too hot. It’s about 75 in our house because it’s hot out right now, and they seem so much happier without the light. I will turn it back on tonight. I guess some chicks just need less heat sooner than others? All the other chicks I’ve raised have sort of followed the guidelines.....but these two are feathering so fast.