Originally Posted by Fishbone
Do mean outside?
I put mine out at 5 weeks old.
Your area may be colder at night.
Are you still using a heat lamp? (I see a red background in your profile pic)
Are they still in a brooder?
They should be weened off the heat lamp...raise the lamp, which will lower the temp about 5 degrees a day.
No drastic temp changes
At 8 weeks they could have been outside by now.
When they're fully feathered, about 2 or 3 weeks old the should be weened off the lamp.
Guinea grow/mature faster than chickens and kept in a small space it will end in fighting.
Actually Fishbone keets are not fully feathered and able to regulate their own body temps until they are 6 weeks old, and that's only if they've been raised on high protein (27% or higher) starter feed for the 6 wks (lower protein feeds cause slower growth/development and much slower feather growth).
When to wean keets completely off heat is a debatable topic, and really depends on one's climate and how sheltered the individual coop or brooder set up is. I've hatched/raised a couple thousand keets, and have many different types/sizes/shapes of brooder set ups, but if I weaned my 2-3 wk old keets off their brooder lamps they'd be dead over night from being chilled, or at the very least weak, lethargic and not feeling too good. Chilled keets do not thrive, aren't as active, don't eat or drink as much as they should and are much more susceptible to becoming ill and suffering parasite overloads.Warmer keets = heartier healthier keets.
I agree, brooder temps should be reduced 5 degrees at a time, but at each week of age (and that starts at 1 wk old), not 5 degrees each day. Temps should be lowered each week until the brooder temps are equal to ambient outside temps, but if it's chilly, especially at night (or rainy/stormy) then they may still need a heat source to use if they want/choose....even after they are 6 wks old.