WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY CHICKS?!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickensinAfrica, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. ChickensinAfrica

    ChickensinAfrica In the Brooder

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    My Potch Koekoek chicks are panting! They are drinking just fine but they also seem tired (it is 8:25 PM here though) They are nine days old. They also huddle together on the opposite side of the room as the light so it looks like they are trying to avoid the heat...so then why are they huddling to avoid the heat?! The temperature is staying around 86 degrees. Also it just rained so its a bit humid. Here is a picture. upload_2018-3-21_20-27-10.png
     
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  2. ChickensinAfrica

    ChickensinAfrica In the Brooder

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    Actually the heat light has been on for the last 15 minuets and they are looking to hot so i turned of the light and am letting cool air in.
     
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  3. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    They are not huddling. They are fleeing to the extreme outskirts but can't flee the confines of a too small brooder so they crowd, risking trampling and smothering.

    If 30C (86F) is the temperature of the entire brooder, these chicks are in danger of not being able to shed excess heat, and they will experience heat stress and die very quickly from it.

    You are already observing your chicks' needs. So ignore those stupid heat guidelines all together and let you chicks tell you how warm and cool they need it to be. If the room is warm where your brooder is, 30C (80-85F) may be the highest the heat zone needs to be.

    If your house or wherever you have these chick is very warm, you will only need a very, very small wattage heat source for the chicks to warm under. If the room is 30C (86F), you won't need any heat at all for the brooder during the day, and a minimal heat source at night.

    With that many chicks, it's critical to have a brooder large enough that the chicks have a choice of very cool space in which to cool off, and one heat zone to warm up. They are a lot like lizards at this age, moving in and out of the warm zone to regulate body temperature. They aren't cakes baking in an oven that has to be kept a uniform temperature.
     
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  4. Pork Pie

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    A little further north from the OP, I find that with night time temp lows of 72f (indoors) my chicks require no heat after day 7. From day 3 they have no heat all day.

    As azygous says, ignore silly temp charts and rely on your common sense (which you are doing). If the chicks are too cold, they'll huddle together and chirp. If they don't, they are fine
     
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  5. ChickensinAfrica

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    Thanks for the advice they are doing better now!
     
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    ChickensinAfrica In the Brooder

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    Temp dropped to 78 degrees and now they are huddling in the same corner seeming cold but a couple are still panting.
     
  7. ChickensinAfrica

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    Nvm all are eating and drinking and panting less and less. Thx for the advice!
     
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  8. Sounds like you did the best! god bless and many more happy chickens in the future!

    Autumn Farm English Orpingtons
     
  9. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

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    If your ambient temperature gets too high, 30C or above, you might want to bring a fan in, not directed at the chicks, but at an angle to move the warm air out of the brooder, still keeping a heat zone with minimal heat from a light bulb or heating pad.

    What you are seeing are chicks that are shedding excess accumulated body heat, were in heat stress, and now are able to regulate their body temps again. This is why it's so important to create a space in the brooder that is at least 20 degrees cooler than the warmest zone.
     
  10. ChickensinAfrica

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    Thx. i have now come to the conclusion that they dont really need a light much at all now!
     
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