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when to remove heat lamp

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My chicks are in the house, they are about 4 weeks old now, when do I remove  the heat lamp? Or should I adjust the height of it?

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You should have a thermometer directly under the heat lamp so you know the temp. in the brooder at chick level.
At hatch to 7 to 10 days old, the temp. should be around 95 degrees.
The following week, the temp. should be reduced to 90 degrees, and for every week afterward, lower the temp. by another 5 degrees until you are around 70.
Once your chicks are fully feathered out, they shouldn't need too much warmth.
Helpful links:
http://www.mypetchicken.com/backyard-chickens/chicken-care/chapter-4-caring-for-baby-chicks.aspx
http://www.tractorsupply.com/content/knowhow/chicks/livestock_care_caring_for_new_chicks
http://www.tractorsupply.com/content/knowhow/livestockcare/livestock_care_raising_poultry_expert_advice
Good luck with your babies!

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post #3 of 13

when they go to the cold side mostly move it back a little or to the side, after a while use a 100w bulb but move it closer.

i just check temp before they go in and then look at the birds to tell me what they want.  oh i keep a cool side and put food and water a little more in the cool.

mine are outside long before 4 weeks in a grow pen,  they have heat lamp in case they want it though

post #4 of 13

We starting reducing the size of our light bulb in our indoor brooder box when they were about 4 or 5 weeks old.

We put the chicks and heat lamp in the coop when they were about 6 or 7 weeks old and then removed the heat lamp a few days later. 

Our thought was that we didn't want to quit cold turkey, so we gave them a couple weeks to acclimate to the colder air.  It got down to 50* last night, and they survived (they're about 8 weeks old now and I suspect they huddled together for warmth since they didn't have a heat lamp).

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My australorps are 4 weeks old and my house temp runs between 70 - 74 degrees.  I turned off the light that hangs over their brooder box last night, they didn't seem to mind it a bit.

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Originally Posted by Kimmiejean 

My australorps are 4 weeks old and my house temp runs between 70 - 74 degrees.  I turned off the light that hangs over their brooder box last night, they didn't seem to mind it a bit.


I did this last week.

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #7 of 13

My chicks are almost 4 weeks old also, and we are waiting at least till 5 weeks to remove the lamp.
If you live in a warm climate, it still doesn't really matter. 
When we do remove the lamp we are putting them outside then to, so if you aren't doing that too it might matter.
I don't know if this helped or not, but hopefully it did.big_smile

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Proud owner of 1 Beagle/German Shepherd mix,1 lovebird, and 25 chickens: 6 BR's, 7 NHR's, 1 BO, 2 GLW's, and 2 BA's, 6 GB's, 1 EE, and 2 roosters that I'm still trying to decipher.. 

Rest in Peace, Dreamy <3 ~My first cat ever. 6/?/10-6/25/12 My little fluffball...:(

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post #8 of 13
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Thanks everyone, I live in NW Colorado, and the temps are still getting into the 20's on some nights, so there is no way they can be outside just yet. Plus the coop is not even started yet:barnie So they will just have to hang out inside for a bit longer. I just want to start getting them used to lower temps.  How high can they fly right now? They are getting way to big for the brooder and I am thinking of sectioning off part of the laundry room for them. But I don't want them fling out.

post #9 of 13

20's? Brrrrrrr! And I thought the weather that we've been having here was lousy.  hmm
Mine are almost 6 weeks old & they regularly jump out of the brooder whenever I lift the lid, but it is only 19" tall.
It depends on your breed of chick, and how big they are. Banties can "fly" much better than standards can.
I think you might be safe with a 3 foot tall fence/wall.  fl

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post #10 of 13
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Cool thanks, I really want to give them more room, they are 2 Rhode island reds and 2 barred rocks. They fly out of their brooder every time I lift the lid. They are way active and I sure would like to give them more room till it's warm enough to put them out. I think I will build a gate of some sort, so I can get in easy enough to feed water and clean but they can't get out.

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