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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CalicoPrairie, May 21, 2012.
He he, me too. If they're not, I won't hold it against you.
What kind are yours?
Mine are....yellow. I have no idea. I just bought up the last five the hardware store had. It'll be interesting to find out what they are! You?
A basic rule of thumb, is to decrease 5 degrees every week.
For example, newborn chicks start out at 95* Fahrenheit. Subtract 5* every week.
Here is a chart I just drew up for you:
Week 1 90*
Week 2 85*
Week 3 80*
Week 4 75*
Week 5 70*
Once the chicks are completely feathered out, (about 7 weeks old or so) you don't have to worry too much about temperature, unless it is very cold outside.
Also keep in mind that the these temperatures are just there to give you a rough idea, you should pay more attention to what your chicks are doing then the thermometer reading.
If the chicks are huddled up under heat lamp, they are probably cold. Lower the heat lamp.
If the chicks are scattered away from the heat lamp and panting, they are too hot. Raise the heat lamp.
Comfortable chicks should be randomly scattered all around the brooder.
Mine are what they called Red Sex Link at the feed store, but I believe they are also called Red Star and many other names, so I'm using Red Star.
That is just amazing! I had my 3 weekers in a tote and one was pecking the others to pieces. I had to move them into a huge wardrobe box. I know they are young, but I try to get mine outside with me whenever I can. Yesterday they were outside with me all afternoon and they seem much happier today and no more pecking!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm printing this out for my reference folder now. Great info!
I wonder if it matters how many are in the tote? I only have two, so I'm wondering if they'd still be ok. Or maybe they just go stir crazy being in there!
Red Stars, interesting!
LogHouseMom...mine seem really happy outside too. It's tricky though, we have to watch for the cat. The cat hasn't "met" them yet, officially.
I put mine out last night at 6 weeks, they were scared of the dark so I put a flashlight out there for them, today they are running up and down the ramp, and we ran a extension cord out there with a nite lite, so hopefully they are good to go
Awww, that's so cute. I can't wait to see Lucy and Ethel out there running around---when they are ready, I mean.