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Where to place thermometer in brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Iansmommy, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. Iansmommy

    Iansmommy In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2008
    Where do you place your thermometer in your brooder. Does it go under the light or away from the light. Sorry, I am so new to this.

    We just got our new chicks today, 16 Buff Orphs. I'll post pics as soon as I take some.

  2. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Quote:Right under the light, on the bedding. They might mess it up a bit, so you can just check the temp periodically.
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Songster 10 Years

    Mar 30, 2008
    I don't use a thermometer, I just watch the chicks. If they are all piled under the light, they are too cold. All moving to the outer edge, they are too hot. Loud peeping, too hot, too cold, hungry, thirsty or escaped. Spread out nicely, quiet contented cheeping, everything is good.
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I periodically check the temp with a themometer but cannot keep it in there. My girls peck at it constantly, jump on it, sit on it and just fuss over it. I watch them. As stated above...if they huddle together under the light, they are too chilly and if they are as far away from the light as they can get, they are too hot. They should be scattered about and comfy looking.
  5. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    Quote:Thats how i found my chicks this morning -that and a huge mess.
  6. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    I agree with Frosty and the rest. The only time I use a thermometer is BEFORE I put the chicks in the brooder. I use it to set the correct temp directly under the heat lamp and then I take it out and watch the chicks. They'll tell you if they are comfortable or not. Just be sure to have a large enough brooder so that the chicks can move away from the heat if they are too hot. [​IMG]
  7. Big_Charlie

    Big_Charlie In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2008
    Fulton, KY
    I went through this same routine when my chicks arrived last Friday. I had the brooder warmed up to what the thermometer was saying was 95deg spot on. No sooner did I put them in than they huddled together in a big ball acting cold. Now the thermometer reads 110-120deg and they're spread all around having a good 'ol time eating, drinking, peeping, and pooping. Who knew...I got Sahara desert chicks...

    Big Charlie
  8. lmrickert

    lmrickert In the Brooder

    Mar 24, 2015
    Northern California
    I have a thermometer in my brooder but the chicks like to peck at it constantly and jump on top of it. It makes reading the temp a little difficult lol
  9. Natalierose

    Natalierose Chirping

    Feb 9, 2015
    Snohomish, WA

    This is what I use- It has suction cups on both the display and the little probe on the end. I have it stuck about an inch of the ground on the back wall on my bulb side. These tend to be fairly accurate (I think only $6 too) I've used them with reptiles for years.

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