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How do you wean your chick off the heat lamp?

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How soon can i remove a heat lamp from my chick's brooder? Right now she is the only one I am hand raising, we have one more possibly viable egg, so she has no-one to cuddle her to keep warm. Should I lower the temperature bit by bit, or do I just wait for a certain age to take the lamp away entirely?

1 tolerant husband, two gorgeous kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits,  1 NJ Giant, 2 silkies, 2 Ameraucanas, 1 maybe delaware, one New Hampshire red hen, one NH rooster, and about ten fish.
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1 tolerant husband, two gorgeous kids, 3 cats, 1 dog, 3 rabbits,  1 NJ Giant, 2 silkies, 2 Ameraucanas, 1 maybe delaware, one New Hampshire red hen, one NH rooster, and about ten fish.
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Raise your lamp bit by bit to reduce temps. Right now its pretty hot here so I would only need the lamp for the first two weeks and at night.

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Well really it depends on how hot it is there and if you only have one chick in the brooder you just need a low wattage bulb, and when it is feathered out some, I just turn the lamps off, providing it is warm enough outside.  I started by turning it off during the day and on at night sometimes..but this is Va. and the day temps are easily 95-100 and sometimes the nights aren't much better.

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At this time of year... we just take them outside... and hope the heat doesn't kill them.

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"With God, ALL things are possible."

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