Tuesday, April 23Food Security Matters

Tag: broiler chicken farming

Chicks Brooding: How Long Do Chicks Need a Heater

Chicks Brooding: How Long Do Chicks Need a Heater

Poultry
A heat lamp or any type of heater is needed during the early days of chicks brooding. So your chicks are several weeks old, and maybe you've got them inside, and they're starting to stink, am I right? I've already done that! So, let's talk about how long chicks need a heat lamp. Everything I have read says to start at 95ºF and decrease 5 degrees each week until you reach 70ºF. That temperature drop information can be helpful if you live in a cold climate, but what if you live in a warm climate and it rarely reaches 70ºF? To really understand when is the right time to wean chicks from the heat source, we need to know what is keeping them warm. We all know that chickens keep warm with their feathers. The feathers act as a heat trap in colder climates. In warmer weather, they spread the...