Another Newbie Question (Lighting)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by act5860, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. act5860

    act5860 Out Of The Brooder

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    Should I start day old chicks off with 16 hours of lights on or do they need more sleep time? I'd like to get them acclimated to what they'll have in the coop. ( Yes, I know it will be a while but don't want to suddenly change their environment ) [​IMG]
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Normally they are started off with 24 hours of light, not for light but for warmth, for those first few weeks, maybe 4 weeks or so. Then they have naturally occurring day and night until whenever you add the light intended to increase egg production in the winter, which will be many weeks later. So it's not an issue. It apparently takes them only one or two nights to adjust to adding or taking away light at night, anyway.
     
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    Judy, thank you for your quick reply and wonderful explanation. So other than the heat lamp which they'll only need for a few weeks, if I leave the curtains open in the room I'm brooding them in, that should do it.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, it's always a good idea for them to have natural light, even if you use supplemental light for eggs. Just as, most people have their supplemental light turn on during the night, figuring that they will rest better if they have a natural dusk leading into night at the end of their day.
     

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