Monday, March 2, 2015

Tips From Our Junior Blogger: Heating the Brooder

Chicken Tips From Our Junior Blogger
Chicken tending tips straight from the mouth of a Kindergartener!

Heating the Brooder


Lots of people are getting chicks for the first time and should know how warm to keep their brooder box.  
Here are the temperatures that your brooder box should be each week:

Week 1 - 95 degrees F
Week 2 - 90 degrees F
Week 3 - 85 degrees F
Week 4 - 80 degrees F
Week 5 - 75 degrees F
Week 6 - 70 degrees F

If the chicks are far away from the heat lamp it means that the chicks are too hot.  If the chicks are too cold they will huddle up under the heat lamp and peep really loud! If your chicks are just right they will be cheeping and hopping around the brooder being happy.  Make sure to put your heat lamp away from the water and food.




Here is a great resource from Lisa Steele about preparing and caring for your baby chicks: Fresh Eggs Daily - Basic Baby Chick Care Guide

Thanks for reading!

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