From the Brooder…

Whenever there are new hatchlings there’s always something obstructing smooth sailing. This year the hot weather is hindering my ability to keep the almost 3 week old chick’s brooder below 95. I veered from my “always start chicks in mid October” rule of thumb on raising chicks. I know better, but that was too late to order the chicks I wanted. So now I’m frazzled trying to care my babies in temperatures that are soaring to near 100 and dropping some 40 degrees at night.

My indoor brooder is too small, the outdoor one is too big, standard 250 heat lamps are too hot, and a 100 watt isn’t hot enough at night. Oh my. Can’t say the chicks are near as stressed out as me, they don’t seem to mind fluctuating temps. But I do mind knowing that fluctuating temps are not in their best interest.  So far, I’m quite proud to say,  I haven’t lost any of my chicks.

This heat lamp thing is a giant pain, raising it, lowering it, up, down, up, down… it’s ridiculous! This is the last time I’m dealing with a heat lamp , I’m going to order a Brinsea Eco Glow 20 Chick Brooder and be done with it once and for all.

As for the outbuilding where the brooder is located, it’s a bare bones shelter that offers zero help in maintaining a decent temperature. It’s not insulated, so it’s super hot in the summer and offers nothing more than wind and rain protection in the winter. I’m tired of that problem too…  so today I had the outbuilding insulated. I also ordered an evaporative cooler that has the ability to lower the inside temperature by 12 degrees, it’s expected Tuesday.

Buts that’s not all! The floor was particle board, and now I have vinyl floor covering. Thanks to Craigslist, I was able to find a handyman in one day… 18 guys responded to the ad. I’ll post pictures of the outbuilding as soon as I get everything back in order.

For every problem, there is a solution…  unfortunately it comes with a price, and now I’m broke. lol

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Author: amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch

amy elizabeth is a Backyard Chicken-Keeping Advocate & Consultant, Vintage Collector, & Author.

10 thoughts on “From the Brooder…”

  1. Great post! Temps here get down to minus 20 in winter so I’m going to need some way to keep my chickens warm. Looks like I should aim to have my chicks in spring or autumn when the temps are mild. Best of luck with them!

    1. Geez, that’s cold! Chickens are amazingly hardy aren’t they? I know they do fine in cold weather, but it sure is hard to be comfortable with the fact. I sit in the warm house and worry they were freezing. lol

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