What Temp and how to control!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bdog, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. bdog

    bdog Out Of The Brooder

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    I am getting new chicks.
    I have a coop 4'x8', with a closed in 2'x4' end and wire enclosed 4'x6' on the other. It is about 18" high, made out of plywood.

    Do I need venting in it and what size bulb should I use and how do you control the temp.

    It gets cool at night 45-60 and warms up during the day 65-85?

    Thanks,

    Jimmy
     
  2. Kat'sChicks

    Kat'sChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First, we need to know how many/what type chickens you're getting to know if you have enough space. If it's only a few you should be ok. 18 inches isn't very tall, so I'd suggest elevating it on some type of frame with legs and make the bottom accessible to them. There are lots of great coop designs here that should help you understand how to make it all work. Where you live you don't need to worry about heat; if anything you need to make sure you have plenty of air circulation. As long as the whole thing is enclosed, I'd leave it open and let the chooks come and go as they wished, as long as they had a covered area to get out of the sun/rain.
     
  3. bdog

    bdog Out Of The Brooder

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    I am getting 20 chicks, 10 RIR, 5 PBR, 5 Easter Eggers!

    The coop is about 42" off the ground.

    It was a welping pen I've remolded for the chicks.

    It has a lid over the enclosed part and I don't think I can leave it open because of preditors!

    I can cut a hole in the lid and put the lamp on top of it!


    Jimmy
     

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