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At what age do you turn off heat lamp?

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Our chicks are now two weeks old.  We have them in the brooder and the brooder is in our living room which is about 72-75 degrees all day long and all night long. Do you think I still need the heat lamp on? I was afraid I might fry them.

They are getting a lot more feathers.

Any thoughts?smile

post #2 of 34

Being new to the chicken world and about to get my first chicks, I too am curious as to when to turn off the heat lamp?? Also, when can they be moved out to the coop? Glad you posted. Thanks.

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Married to my wonderful (understanding) wife of 15 years, proud daddy of 5 beautiful children. Proud owner of numerous chickens, RIR's ,Buff Orps, EE's, Jersey Giant's, Turkens, Cuckoo Marans and a beautiful Golden Laced Frizzle Polish/Black Jersey Giant mix named Miss Wendy!!! To add to the backyard experience, we have 4 ducks, 2 turkeys, 2 goats, 10 rabbits and a dog! Busy, busy but loving...

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post #3 of 34

The usual plan is to start them about 95 degrees  and then cool them (by raising the bulb) 5 degrees per wk til they are about 4 weeks old. At that age they can handle room temperature.

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post #4 of 34

What mama kate said, plus...
They can go outside at anytime as long as your coop is draft free and predator proof and you are able to keep it at the temp. needed per their age.  Not everybody broods chick in the house.  I hate to sound like a broken record, but I think the fact that alot of people believe they have to be brooded in the house discourages them from owning or adding to their flock. 
I didn't brood my chicks in house and won't brood any future chicks in the house.  As much as we love our chooks they are livestock.  In the good ol' days mama hen hatched the chicks in the coop and they were raised with her as part of the flock.

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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, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #5 of 34

Mine are just over 2 weeks old, they like their coop to be between 80-85 to sleep, but they have NO problem going outside when it's in the 70's. They are smart enough to go back inside if they get cool.

It's going to storm so it's quite warm outside tonight. I'm a little afraid they might fry tonight. I'll have to think of some way to make sure they don't.

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post #6 of 34

how warm does the night need to be to put them in the coop outside?

My chicks are two weeks old now, and I put them outside the entire day today, but MAN are they buggers to catch to bring back in the house!! lol, I was running around like a chicken without a head!! LOL, chasing baby peeps all over my yard, and what did the chicks do.... RAN RIGHT BACK INTO THE RUN! Ugh.... lol at least they went back into the run and not to the other side of the yard.
I'm thinking of hanging the red heat lamp in the coop, and just letting them stay out there at night. I dont have the energy to chase them. wink
cant wait to put them outside, besides they LOVE their new coop and run anyway.
take care,
Lori

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04-20-09 Picked up 4 - 1 week old chicks today, when I find out what they are I will edit this sig. lol
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post #7 of 34
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Originally Posted by sparkette65 

how warm does the night need to be to put them in the coop outside?

My chicks are two weeks old now, and I put them outside the entire day today, but MAN are they buggers to catch to bring back in the house!! lol, I was running around like a chicken without a head!! LOL, chasing baby peeps all over my yard, and what did the chicks do.... RAN RIGHT BACK INTO THE RUN! Ugh.... lol at least they went back into the run and not to the other side of the yard.
I'm thinking of hanging the red heat lamp in the coop, and just letting them stay out there at night. I dont have the energy to chase them. wink
cant wait to put them outside, besides they LOVE their new coop and run anyway.
take care,
Lori


The same temps. apply inside or out.  90 to 95 the first week, decreasing by 5 degrees a week until the temp. is down to 70 (around 5 weeks) and they are mostly feathered out. 
If you have alot of chicks and they can huddle together it helps.  Provide good amounts of bedding for them to snuggle into and make sure there are no drafts. 
If you use a heat lamp in the coop be sure it secured in at least two ways.  Heat lamps have been the cause of more than one coop fire.  We secured ours by the attached clamp and used a length of chain as a back up to the clamp.

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, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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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, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #8 of 34

i am just using a desk lamp with a 100w globe which seems to emit enough heat to keep them warm ( 3 chicks) as they were laying down individually and not hudeling together. Its also in a draft free environment in my carport but as gristar said they are live stock and will be heading to their home out the back as soon as they can hold their own temp a bit better.......

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post #9 of 34

Brad & Cas,

I speak not with chicken experience but with desk lamp experience...watch that thing very carefully, they love to overheat.  The cheaper they are, the worse they are for doing it.  Mind that the globe wattage does not exceed the rating.  Somebody here said that even with the appropriate globe, theirs melted!

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Thirteen young Red Sussex cross girls running, flapping, climbing, and clamouring for dandelion greens!
Working toward self-sufficiency in plant hardiness zone 3     I wonder what chicken hardiness zone that is?

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post #10 of 34

I probably don't follow the correct guidelines.  I follow what the chicks needs.  Mine are 7 weeks and the light has been off for over 2 weeks now.  They were just too hot - panting and lifting their wings even with the light way up off them (this was in a well ventilated brooder too).  They seem a lot happier now and have been just fine.  I'll be putting them outside in the next couple weeks (thank goodness!)

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