What temperature to keep my brooder at?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BYCforlife, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Overrun With Chickens

    I am soon getting 16 meat chicks, and I was wondering when temperature to keep the brooder at. I have heard that 33 degrees for the first 5 days is good. What do you think?
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    They have the same heat needs as any other chick. They need a warm zone and a cool zone in the brooder. Under the heat lamp, it should be about 90 degrees. The best guide for how much heat to provide, is the chicks' behavior. Watch your chicks. Observe their behavior, and adjust accordingly.
  3. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Overrun With Chickens

    Sorry, I meant to say 33 degrees celcius. You might have guessed that. Thanks for the info!
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.

    This. If they're crowding under the light, they need more heat. If they're getting as far away from it as they can, it's too hot. If they're scattered around the brooder peeping contentedly, the temperature is just right.

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