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At what age do chicks no longer need a heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stone_family3, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm looking at expanding my flock and my coop doesn't have electricity so I'll need to get birds that no longer need heat lamps.
     
  2. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    at about 6 weeks but it might be less if you live in a warm climate. Basically they can handle 70 degree at 6 weeks
     
  3. Chemguy

    Chemguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they're fully feathered, they don't need a heat supply anymore. Foe me, the chicks were feathered at about 3-4 weeks.

    Many say that temperature should be 95 week 1, 90 week 2, 85 week 3, etc. I just watched the chicks, didn't measure the temperature. If they avoided the light, it was too hot there. If they clustered together under the light, they were too cold. But, they will cluster together to sleep, regardless of temp. Don't be fooled by this.

    I turned off the light long before that, though, because it was warm enough already.
     
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I took ques from my broody (we raised our chicks at the same time). I put my hatchery chicks outside in my outdoor brooder when they were 2.5 weeks old. This was in April, I think we were having temps somewhere around 75-80°. They feathered out alot faster than other chicks I had kept inside with a heat lamp. Good luck!
     
  5. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone, I'm looking at getting an Araucana and they are 4 weeks old this week.
     
  6. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    shouldn't need a heat lamp they handle cooler temps better than warmer [​IMG]
     
  7. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome hoping to pick up today or tomorrow. I'm so excited!
     
  8. TarainNC

    TarainNC Out Of The Brooder

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    I am putting some eggs in the incubator this weekend,so the first week of september they should hatch. it has been a heat index of over 100 degrees for weeks here in NC. I had an old timer tell me that i would have to have heat in my coop this winter if I hatched chicks now. I usually trust him, but as hot as it has been, I don't see it getting cool until late October here.Plus our winter's are pretty mild as a general rule. Anyone have any input? They should be feathered out and in the coop by october/November.
     
  9. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    central wv - old timers say first frost coming in 4 weeks, I have trees changing color already and today feels like fall, you'll probably be 2weeks after me
     
  10. KayRKay

    KayRKay New Egg

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    I live in the western most part of Florida near the Alabama line. We are having 55 and higher degree nights. The chicks are
    now 5 weeks old. Is it safe to remove heat lamp?
     

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