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

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    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

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    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

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

    lgflynn New Egg

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    Great thanks for the info
     
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    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??
     

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