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Old 09-23-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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Brooder/Heat/Behavior Question

Ok they had a red light for the first two days but I didn't think they were warm enough because they huddled under it a descent amount of time. So we put a white 250 watt (I don't know the wattage on the red is but it's what we used last time with our chicks but they were in a tiny little room so it got warm in that room quick) and they are all SUPER ACTIVE and running around pecking at the side of the brooder (clear tote). Is it just because they are actually warm enough now? Some of the chicks will go under the light and lay out all sprawled out for a couple minutes then jump away, others stay away from it.

The red just didn't seem warm enough. I could leave my hand under it indefinitely and it would just be warm. The white light is much further away from them (maybe 2.5-3 feet above them) and it's warm. One of the little EE just fell asleep under it.

What do I do?

How can I tell my activity level or behavior how they are doing? They are just SO MUCH more active now with this white light than they were with the red. And the marans are low flying in there too.

Natasha - married to my soul's mate Ryan, mama to my heart's songs Aumi born at home in the water 7.14.10 & Livity also born at home in the water and in the caul! 11.28.12

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