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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pinkribbons4, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. pinkribbons4

    pinkribbons4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey everyone! So I need your advice. My babies are 8 weeks old, and have been outside in their coop for almost 2 weeks now. We've been keeping their heat lamp on at night, and off during the day. The days have been between 60 and 80...and the nights between 35 and 50...my question is this...when can I start turning the heat lamp off at night? I want to turn it off full time now, as I feel like they need to get use to living without it, but my husband keeps saying we should keep it on at night. It's funny because I thought I would be the big softy [​IMG]

    Thanks y'all!
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    They should be fine without it just make sure you turn off before it starts getting dark. So they can go to bed.
     
  3. dirtbath

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    How many chicks do you have? Do they huddle together to keep each other warm? Mine too are 8 weeks old and they do not sleep with the heat lamp on, but the night temp is a regulated 67 degrees. I would say if it's 45 or 50 dgrees and they huddle you'll be fine. Less than 45 degrees and I would just turn it on during those sporadic temperature drops. If they are in a draft free coop though, I think you'll be totally fine.
     
  4. pinkribbons4

    pinkribbons4 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 8 chickies, and they do cuddle together when they get cold. This is what my coop looks like...The plexiglass is no longer on the windows...we replaced that with hardware cloth.


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  5. dirtbath

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    Pretty coop!!!
     

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