6 week old chicks are huddling tonight, but it is warm. Need a light?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sally4500, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. sally4500

    sally4500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    My 6 week old chicks have been in their coop for the past week. It has started to get warm at night, up to 60 degrees. I shut off the red light tonight after they went inside, and went back in a few minutes later with fresh water, and they were huddled in the corner. I know they are not cold, because it is warm here.

    Should I leave a low watt light on for a week or so? Is seems when I put it back on they were happier. I just don't like leaving a light on all night in case it gets them too hot.

    Thanks, Sally
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    At 6 weeks, & 60 degrees, they'll be fine.
     
  3. chickee

    chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, they are just scared. Chickens are totally blind even in low light. For now give them a 40w light to see by at night. It is good to slowly wean them off of the light. Turn the light off during the day. You will know they are ready to be without the light, when you go out to put them to bed when it is just starting to get dark and they are already on the roost. GOOD LUCK! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2010
  4. sally4500

    sally4500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks very much, guys. I'm heading out there now.
     
  5. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What I used to do was every so often, starting form the very beginning, I would shut off their lights for a few minutes several times a day. I would leave it off for longer periods as they got older, so by the time they were old enough to be without the heat lamp, they were used to the dark.
     

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