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How much light & heat do 6 week old chicks need?

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I moved my 6 week old fully feathered Buff Orpingtions, Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rocks from the laundry room to the garage last week and today from the garage to an outdoor 8 X 8 coop. I was hoping to gradually get them used to it being a bit cooler. The coop will be their final home so they will not be moved anymore, I just couldn't keep them in the 3' x 5' water trough/brooder they had been in, it was really getting cramped for them. We built the coop this week-end and it is not insulated yet but it does have a pine shavings floor and a red bulb heat lamp. I have 12 chickens so they can huddle up together if they get cold. Right? It will get into the low to mid 30's this week at night but will start to get significantly warmer by the week-end. With the heat lamp I think it is about 50 inside the coop and warmer directly under the lamp. How cold is too cold for them at 6 weeks old and how much additional light should they be getting. Are the two 2' x 3' windows that I have in the coop and the heat lamp enough or should I also add a regular 60 watt light lamp too?

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LIVING THE WANNA-BE FARMERS DREAM! I'm wife to "The Fire Chief", stay-at-home mom to 3 beautiful adopted children, 1 Chocolate Lab, 1 Shih Tzu, 1 farm cat,  6 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Rhode Island Reds, and one beautiful and huge BO rooster....all on 5 acres with lots of fruit tree's & raised garden beds.
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I've got my 8 week old outside in the shed, what you could do is make an area around the heat smaller so it would be a bit warmer, if they are fully feathered they should be fine unless it got real cold, just make sure they dont get wet.

STANDARD:  Wheaten, Black, Blue Ameraucana, Splash, Partridge Silkies, Ga Noi, Lavender Orpington, SQ Black Minorca, Black Langshan, RC RIR
BANTAM: SQ Black Mottled d'Uccles, SQ Gold Neck, Butterscotch & Mottled Buff Booted, Black, Blue & Mille Fleur Cochin, Serama,
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STANDARD:  Wheaten, Black, Blue Ameraucana, Splash, Partridge Silkies, Ga Noi, Lavender Orpington, SQ Black Minorca, Black Langshan, RC RIR
BANTAM: SQ Black Mottled d'Uccles, SQ Gold Neck, Butterscotch & Mottled Buff Booted, Black, Blue & Mille Fleur Cochin, Serama,
Winnebago Co Poultry Superintendent, WI Pullorum Tester

 

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I, personally believe it is your preference based on 1) some breeds are more hardy than others, you can take the heat lamp off earlier for some breeds  2) do YOU want to keep the heat lamp on, do you feel more comfortable/safe with it on.....if it were my situation i would try just putting it on at night and see what they do, if they huddle with it off, keep it on more.....if they find dark cooler corners with it on, then keep it off or switch to a lower watt bulb

nick's chicks - started young with large ideas....
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nick's chicks - started young with large ideas....
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Well from my understanding that when chicks hatch then temp is 95 and every week you get 5 degrees down, but now the best thing to do is lowering the heat lump close to the roost if you have one, and if they are cold they will go to the lamp by themselves.
and I truly think that birds get used to what ever available, think about the old days when electricity was not here.

Omran.

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Thanks God for everything I have and I don't have, thanks God for the Health and happiness and  the great Beleave in him and trusting him. Rich is not how much I have,but how much I can give, and how many real friends I can keep.Every day is a good day so long I can breath.
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I just got 20 buff orpingtons so I would like to know as well.  idunno

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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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as for light as much natural day light is best, I've switched to heat emitters so my chicks have a more natural light pattern, seems to be a lot better, they are not so skittish and are healthier

STANDARD:  Wheaten, Black, Blue Ameraucana, Splash, Partridge Silkies, Ga Noi, Lavender Orpington, SQ Black Minorca, Black Langshan, RC RIR
BANTAM: SQ Black Mottled d'Uccles, SQ Gold Neck, Butterscotch & Mottled Buff Booted, Black, Blue & Mille Fleur Cochin, Serama,
Winnebago Co Poultry Superintendent, WI Pullorum Tester

 

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STANDARD:  Wheaten, Black, Blue Ameraucana, Splash, Partridge Silkies, Ga Noi, Lavender Orpington, SQ Black Minorca, Black Langshan, RC RIR
BANTAM: SQ Black Mottled d'Uccles, SQ Gold Neck, Butterscotch & Mottled Buff Booted, Black, Blue & Mille Fleur Cochin, Serama,
Winnebago Co Poultry Superintendent, WI Pullorum Tester

 

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post #7 of 9
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Holy Cow those were quick responses, thank you so much!tongue

LIVING THE WANNA-BE FARMERS DREAM! I'm wife to "The Fire Chief", stay-at-home mom to 3 beautiful adopted children, 1 Chocolate Lab, 1 Shih Tzu, 1 farm cat,  6 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Rhode Island Reds, and one beautiful and huge BO rooster....all on 5 acres with lots of fruit tree's & raised garden beds.
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LIVING THE WANNA-BE FARMERS DREAM! I'm wife to "The Fire Chief", stay-at-home mom to 3 beautiful adopted children, 1 Chocolate Lab, 1 Shih Tzu, 1 farm cat,  6 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Rhode Island Reds, and one beautiful and huge BO rooster....all on 5 acres with lots of fruit tree's & raised garden beds.
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1) some breeds are more hardy than others, you can take the heat lamp off earlier for some breeds 


That is why I got the heavier dual purpose birds. They are supposed to be able to withstand colder temps and climates...........we'll see. I peeked in at them just a minute ago and lowered the heat lamp a bit, they are all gathered in the corner under it and it is 33 outside right now. I think tomorrow I will get some hay bales and try to make it a bit more cozier in that corner for them and maybe add another red lamp. The straw bales should hold in some of that heat. Wish us luck because I love'em.big_smile

LIVING THE WANNA-BE FARMERS DREAM! I'm wife to "The Fire Chief", stay-at-home mom to 3 beautiful adopted children, 1 Chocolate Lab, 1 Shih Tzu, 1 farm cat,  6 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Rhode Island Reds, and one beautiful and huge BO rooster....all on 5 acres with lots of fruit tree's & raised garden beds.
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LIVING THE WANNA-BE FARMERS DREAM! I'm wife to "The Fire Chief", stay-at-home mom to 3 beautiful adopted children, 1 Chocolate Lab, 1 Shih Tzu, 1 farm cat,  6 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Rhode Island Reds, and one beautiful and huge BO rooster....all on 5 acres with lots of fruit tree's & raised garden beds.
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post #9 of 9

I agree with buck creek.  Confine them to a smaller space within the coop if you want so they can't wander from the heat source and without any drafts, but I'll bet they do fine. 
Please PLEASE be sure to secure your heat lamp in at least two ways - ex. with a clamp AND zip ties, etc.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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