Acess to water/feed at all times?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Watermelon_Gypsy, May 15, 2011.

  1. Watermelon_Gypsy

    Watermelon_Gypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    Our girls are 6 weeks old & in their coop, we have a tractor for them. At night we put them up in the top part & close the little ladder to keep them in there. We also still have the brooder light on at night for them, and we put their food & water up in the enclosed part as well.

    What I'm wondering is, do they need the food & water at night? And when did you all stop using the brooder lamp? It's not too cold here at night - it bounces between 40's and 50's at night - 70's during the day.
  2. epeloquin

    epeloquin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    If they are fully feathered they should be fine. Some people 'wean' them off the heating lamp.
  3. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Yes, if they are fully feathered, they are fine. [​IMG]

    I start 'weaning' my chicks off the heat lamp at three weeks old.
    I just turn it off when it gets daylight, and leave it on at night. At

    around 5 weeks, they really shouldn't need it at all unless they

    still don't have their feathers. They really SHOULD have access

    to food and water at night.
  4. mszekely

    mszekely Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    Vermilion, OH
    I agree with the water, especially. My chickies drink and eat all night. One night the waterer got clogged and no water came out, I found it in the morning with the little darlins lined up waiting for drinks!
  5. Watermelon_Gypsy

    Watermelon_Gypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2010
    Thanks you guys! I appreciate the advice [​IMG] We've taken out the brooder lamp, and will continue to put the water & food up with them at night.

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