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how old till you take your chicks off heat

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hey how long do you keep your chicks on heat for befor you take them off heat. iv got light sussex 3 weeks old on heat.

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Our chicks were about 4 weeks old when their brooder light blew out and I couldn't find the other one to replace it.  It was warm in the house by then except for about 4 days, but they did fine.  Their brooder was wire dog crate that I put those inter-linking exercise mats around and on top of, so they were cozy.  They are now 7 weeks old today and they are out in their new coop and run.

Mommysongbird wife of 11yrs to one hardworken' man, mom to 3 peeps Josh 24, Kelsey 21, Curtis 9, also have 7 grand peeps Kayla 6, Cadence 6, Wyatt 4, Pheobe 3, Annabelle 2, Rain 1 and Gracie still in the bator!

I am a SAHM homeschool my youngest child, this is our VERY FIRST chicken experience!!
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Mommysongbird wife of 11yrs to one hardworken' man, mom to 3 peeps Josh 24, Kelsey 21, Curtis 9, also have 7 grand peeps Kayla 6, Cadence 6, Wyatt 4, Pheobe 3, Annabelle 2, Rain 1 and Gracie still in the bator!

I am a SAHM homeschool my youngest child, this is our VERY FIRST chicken experience!!
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It really depends on how quickly they feather out, and on your house or outdoor temperatures.  At 3 weeks, they should have temps close to 85 degrees, maybe even 80 depending on the chicks.  So if you have those daily temps, you could just use the lamp at night...  Really, watching the chicks will best tell you whether they're too cold - if the tend to pile (to keep warm) and cheep a LOT (as if distressed), then they're too cold.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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I'm about ready to take the light out of the coop. I've got 3 week old and 2 week old chicks, but its been really hot here lately. I just turn it on at night in case they are cold.

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cheers iv been terning there heat lamp off in the day when the suns out and they seem fine with that. i'll give them anuther week or so and see what the crack is then (i.e outside temp and feathers). what will happen if they dont get the propper heat i no they probs will die but how about othere things.

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Newly hatched chicks should be kept at 32 celsius for first week.  Reduce to 29 for 2nd week, 26 for 3rd, and so on until chicks are fully feathered.

When having problems with chickens stop and think, what would Harlan do?
I've dealt with many thorns in my life and the flower is always worth the effort.

6 Nest rollout nest box plans  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/287684/new-rollout-nest-design-picture-heavy-edited-1-21

Smoker plans http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/721017/opas-recirculating-smoker

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When having problems with chickens stop and think, what would Harlan do?
I've dealt with many thorns in my life and the flower is always worth the effort.

6 Nest rollout nest box plans  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/287684/new-rollout-nest-design-picture-heavy-edited-1-21

Smoker plans http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/721017/opas-recirculating-smoker

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