At what age do you stop using heating lamp

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nlsf, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. nlsf

    nlsf Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone I'm getting ready to move some of the chicks into their teenage coop but I'm wondering when everyone stops using the heating lamp on their chicks. I've gotten a lot of different answers so I'd like to see what you guys say!
     
  2. snow5164

    snow5164 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    Once they have all their feathers , off it goes. But the temperature is also is a factor.Theres a reason most hatcheries sell spring chicks because two to three months later its warm and out they go!!!

    You'll know when they spend all day away from the heat source and sleep on the perch that they're fine ......

    Sorry no solid answer I sound like a politician [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    How old are they, and have you been working on weaning them from the heat lamp? Generally, weaning starts around 2 - 3 weeks, depending on the temp of the environment they are in, then by the time they are 4 - 5 weeks old, they should be fully feathered, and off lamp completely, and should be good to go with outside temps. (again, a bit of leeway and common sense based on time of year, and ambient temps. Have you checked out heating pad brooding? If not there's an article in my signature about it.
     
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    They are probaly about a month and a half and are fully feathered. I have their baby area so that the heat lamp is pointed in one area so they can move away as needed. I've notice they stay far away from the light and are the only ones fully feathered as they are older than the other chicks.
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    If you are using a heat lamp, by the time they are 2 weeks old, it's time to start weaning them from the lamp by turning it off for ever increasing time periods, using their behavior as an indicator for how long to leave it off. Of course the weaning needs to be adjusted depending on season, climate, and ambient temperature. By 4 - 5 weeks they should be fully feathered and require no heat at all. As for moving them out side, that should be done incrementally as well. Out for play dates when weather is nice, for increasing length of time till they are out all day long, and only inside at night without any supplemental heat, then they can go outside for good. I avoid this whole weaning process by brooding outside and using a heating pad brooder. They wean themselves.
     

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