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Panting chicks
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Stephanie    Posted 05-03-2004 at 00:02:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HI SOMEONE! I bought 2 chickens that are 2 weeks old two days ago and this is the first time i've had chickens and they started panting tonight for the first time but they have water and they have a heat lamp that is high enough above them that they shouldn't be doing that can some one give me an idea about what i should do..... that would be great my email address is thank you much -Stephanie

Bkeepr    Posted 05-03-2004 at 07:26:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are almost certainly too hot.

They should have the heat lamp to stay warm, and enough room in their "space" to get away from the heat when it is too much.

Put a thermometer directly below the bulb on the bedding and check it periodically. Every week you should decrease the temperature a few degrees. At 2 weeks I think I remember the temperature under the lamp should be about 85 degrees, but again they should have room to move away and get cool on their own.

Also make sure they have clean, cool water all the time. Which reminds me: have they all been drinking? New chicks without a hen mama to show them how and where must be taught where water is. dip their little beaks in the water, sometimes takes more than once before they learn to drink.

good luck,
Tom A

KellyGa    Posted 05-03-2004 at 03:23:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
What wattage bulb are you using? The only reason for them panting is that they are too warm.

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