Week old chicks, Heat?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mattyj198, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. mattyj198

    mattyj198 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2013
    My 2 baby silkies are a week old now. They are doing great! They eat and drink and poop like its going out of style. The heat under the lamp has been 95. I hear that after every week you lower the temp by 5 degrees. Is this correct? If so, should I lower it to 90 now?

    Thanks guys

  2. AgroUrica

    AgroUrica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2013
    I'm working with 300 broiler chicks in a brooder right now and I let them tell me if they're too hot or too cold.

    Panting = too hot

    Huddled together to sleep = too cold

    Well-spaced while sleeping = just right
  3. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Yes, try raising the lamp to lower the temperature and make sure they have the option of moving away from the heat by going to the other side of the brooder if they so choose.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  4. mattyj198

    mattyj198 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2013
    ah thanks! My brooder is not very big. Actually its your typical rubber made container that I am sure they are going to grow out of quite soon. They are never in the cold or cooler area of the tub but they don't huddle together to sleep. They like to hide in the corner but when sleeping they sleep alone. I am assuming they are fine then.

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