4 week old chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bdp7150, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. bdp7150

    bdp7150 Out Of The Brooder

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    i put chickens (17) in coop ,the coop is staying around 50 degree with heat lamp on all the time outside temp is 25-30 degrees. question if i do this all winter or until warmer days ,should i cut this heat lamp on time back some like only at night on and off during day or keep doing what i'm doing?
     
  2. Cason

    Cason Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our temp is colder than yours, and I only put my heat light on at nights (same aged chicks) Encourages quicker feathering..
     
  3. bdp7150

    bdp7150 Out Of The Brooder

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    THEY ARE FEATHERED EXCEPT AROUND THE HEAD AND IT WILL GET ALOT COLDER COMING SOON. THANKS
     
  4. erthymom2

    erthymom2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try setting up the lamp on a timer so it comes on at intervals thru the day / night.
     
  5. minna

    minna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have mine on at all times, they go to it when they want and go play when they want. They don't just sit under it until night time.
     
  6. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine can choose indoors by the light or go play and/or roost somewhere else. They go outside in the frost and damp just fine. Come in to get warm, go back out.

    I want them to have a choice. The brooder spot only takes up about an eighth of the coop space. So they get plenty of temp shifts. Yet, if one gets wet or cold outside they've got a place to go. They spread out when they're warm, they crowd up under the light if the temps get freaky.

    I'd rather not be wrong about when one needs some extra warmth.
     

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