what to use for keeping 1 day old chicks warm

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lgflynn, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. lgflynn

    lgflynn New Egg

    Jan 23, 2009
    Im new to rising chicks, I have 6 eggs in the incubator and was wondering which is best for when the chicks are hatched i.e. a heat mat, heat lamp or an electric hen(brooder)? I was told I could use a heat mat but Im not sure. Thanks Any help would be great
  2. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    I think heat lamps are the prefered product to use on BYC. If you do a brooder or heat lamp search here you should find lots of info.
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Most people use heat lamps. They are easier, and allow the chicks tofind their own comfort zones
  4. lgflynn

    lgflynn New Egg

    Jan 23, 2009
    Great thanks for the info
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Chicken Obsessed

    Oct 16, 2008
    Quote:for only 6 chicks we use fish aquariums with a ight bulb..

    I made a plywood cover and attached the inexpensive bulb holder to it. then to regulate the temp I just open a crack by sliding the cover or raise up the end of the plywood cover . Mount the bulb to one end so the chicks can move away from it if they get too warm..

    remember, after a few days you will be cleaning the bedding daily so make it as easy as you can.. that means, no heat pad.. besides if they would get too warm on a heat pad, where could they go to cool off??

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by