Almost a week old, its hot here, can I get rid of the brooder light?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by M0therGoose, May 5, 2009.

  1. M0therGoose

    M0therGoose Out Of The Brooder

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    Goslings will be a week old this Friday. Its hot here, about 85 degrees outside. We keep the babies in the house, which we keep around 72 degrees. Will they be alright without the light during the day? What about at night? We keep it around 70 degrees at night.

    They are in the center of my kitchen and i'm tired of tripping over the cord!!!
    Thanks!
     
  2. granmahen

    granmahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was recently in the same position with three banty chicks (I now have them outside at a little under 3 weeks old and they're doing fine) I did keep the light on them at night while in the house to keep temp at 80 from end of first week, placed them in natural light with an area of shade to hide in if too hot. I figured there were three of them to stay warm, they huddled but didn't smother. So I guess it depends on how many goslings you have. Can they keep each other warm? Do they have a warmer spot to go to at night? I covered part of pen with blanket at night for the first 3 nights outside? Does this help?[​IMG]
     
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  3. headred

    headred Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks huddled so quickly and I took the light away within a week in my house. I put them outside at 3 weeks and they did just fine in 30 degree KS weather. They are hardier than we give them credit for!
     

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