When is it too hot

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Pitchfork, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Pitchfork

    Pitchfork Chirping

    Apr 11, 2008
    Late June in Oklahoma and my garage can easily reach 90 degrees, my uninsulated shop building 100 plus during the afternoon. The interior of the house, of course is airconditioned at around 78 degrees.
    So where would be the best place for day old chicks?
    Over night temps will be in the low to mid 70's except in the house.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Your chicks need to be at 90-95 degrees constantly for the first week, so if your garage is safe from cats, dogs, etc., it would work in the daytime @ 90 degrees. You'd still need a brooder lamp to maintain that temp. at night. After the first week, start decreasing the temp. by five degrees a week.
    It can't be said often enough, watch your chicks. Cold chicks huddle under their heat lamp and peep ALOT. Hot chicks get as far away from their heat lamp as they can. They may even pant and spread their wings, trying to cool off. Comfortable chicks are milling about, checking things out.
    Good luck with your new babies. [​IMG]

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