Posted 05-03-2004 at 07:26:15
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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.