winter Brooder Box with heating plate

Broncos52

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Hello,

My flock is a few days older than 2 weeks. is it possible for me to move the brooder box into the garage? Its winter in Jersey about 35/40 but i have an insulated garage. Would I need to add a heat lamp? its probably around 50's in the garage at night. any input would be helpful thanks!


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Meg-in-MT

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As long as they are all able to fit under the heat plate, they'll be just fine at those temps and colder. I wouldn't advise using a heat lamp. How big is your brooder? Just four chicks?

The roost you made is cute! I made something similar to that and they loved it.
 

Broncos52

Chirping
Dec 20, 2020
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North new jersey
As long as they are all able to fit under the heat plate, they'll be just fine at those temps and colder. I wouldn't advise using a heat lamp. How big is your brooder? Just four chicks?

The roost you made is cute! I made something similar to that and they loved it.
Brooder is 2X4 and 4 chicks. Thanks I try and keep my little flock entertained. I wasn't sure when the right time to move them into the garage to get them more acclimated to cold weather.
 

Meg-in-MT

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My last batch of chicks were in a 50° room with a heat plate as soon as I got them. After a couple weeks I moved them into the barn. Had the spot in the barn been setup, I would've put them out from day one. As long as there are no drafts and they can fit comfortably under the plate, they'll be fine. You could always put a thermometer under to check it if you were concerned about them being cold.
 

halefamily_flock

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I agree with the others. At 2 weeks, my chicks were in a building that dropped to the 40's at night, with highs in the 50's during the day, with a similar heat plate. they're now 4 weeks old and I moved the brooder into an outdoor coop where temps are dipping below freezing. I put a towel over the top of the brooder box to keep heat in at night. They're doing fine.
 

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