At what age do chicks no longer need a light at night?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jloftin60, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. jloftin60

    jloftin60 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have found a ceramic heat bulb that puts out heat, but no light.
    Do I need to let the chicks (3 wks. old) get on schedule with the sun, or do I need to supplement some light at night?

    John
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    They don't really ever need light at night, it's just the heat bulbs put out light and heat. I would use a regular heater if I had one. The lack of light is probably better for them, as too much light can cause pecking.
     
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  3. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    Using a red heat light will calm them and keep them from pecking one another.
     
  4. The ceramic coil really works well. As long as they are in a place that has sunlight in the daytime. If not, you will need a light source during the day. The red heat lamps work at night, but they do soak up the meter reader. If i could find a 100 watt red (not colored) heat lamp, I would change out all my 250 lamps. I use the coils when the chicks are in the house. Then when they go to the nursery (outside port. building), they get the white lights.
    I have a quartz heater in the building and the temp. stay at about 60 degrees give or take 10 degrees. If you look at the table for a 5 week old chick you get.... 95,90,85,80, 75 for 5 weeks and the next week it is 70 degrees. So really 60 under a heat lamp is pretty good. I leave the lamps on for two weeks and then they are turned off. The quartz heater is always on and the port. building has a window. At 7-8 weeks a good temp is 60 degrees and the guineas are usually finding their voices by then. I can identify who the females are too. The chickens are fully feathered by then. I wait until the chickens get to about 3-4 pounds (standards) and then they go to the main barn.
     

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