At what age do you turn off heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickylou, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. chickylou

    chickylou Songster

    Jan 29, 2009
    Our chicks are now two weeks old. We have them in the brooder and the brooder is in our living room which is about 72-75 degrees all day long and all night long. Do you think I still need the heat lamp on? I was afraid I might fry them.

    They are getting a lot more feathers.

    Any thoughts?[​IMG]
  2. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Songster

    Being new to the chicken world and about to get my first chicks, I too am curious as to when to turn off the heat lamp?? Also, when can they be moved out to the coop? Glad you posted. Thanks.
  3. mamaKate

    mamaKate Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    SE MO
    The usual plan is to start them about 95 degrees and then cool them (by raising the bulb) 5 degrees per wk til they are about 4 weeks old. At that age they can handle room temperature.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    What mama kate said, plus...
    They can go outside at anytime as long as your coop is draft free and predator proof and you are able to keep it at the temp. needed per their age. Not everybody broods chick in the house. I hate to sound like a broken record, but I think the fact that alot of people believe they have to be brooded in the house discourages them from owning or adding to their flock.
    I didn't brood my chicks in house and won't brood any future chicks in the house. As much as we love our chooks they are livestock. In the good ol' days mama hen hatched the chicks in the coop and they were raised with her as part of the flock.
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  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Mine are just over 2 weeks old, they like their coop to be between 80-85 to sleep, but they have NO problem going outside when it's in the 70's. They are smart enough to go back inside if they get cool.

    It's going to storm so it's quite warm outside tonight. I'm a little afraid they might fry tonight. I'll have to think of some way to make sure they don't.
  6. sparkette65

    sparkette65 In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2009
    MA/RI border
    how warm does the night need to be to put them in the coop outside?

    My chicks are two weeks old now, and I put them outside the entire day today, but MAN are they buggers to catch to bring back in the house!! lol, I was running around like a chicken without a head!! LOL, chasing baby peeps all over my yard, and what did the chicks do.... RAN RIGHT BACK INTO THE RUN! Ugh.... lol at least they went back into the run and not to the other side of the yard.
    I'm thinking of hanging the red heat lamp in the coop, and just letting them stay out there at night. I dont have the energy to chase them. [​IMG]
    cant wait to put them outside, besides they LOVE their new coop and run anyway.
    take care,
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:The same temps. apply inside or out. 90 to 95 the first week, decreasing by 5 degrees a week until the temp. is down to 70 (around 5 weeks) and they are mostly feathered out.
    If you have alot of chicks and they can huddle together it helps. Provide good amounts of bedding for them to snuggle into and make sure there are no drafts.
    If you use a heat lamp in the coop be sure it secured in at least two ways. Heat lamps have been the cause of more than one coop fire. We secured ours by the attached clamp and used a length of chain as a back up to the clamp.
  8. bradandcas

    bradandcas In the Brooder

    i am just using a desk lamp with a 100w globe which seems to emit enough heat to keep them warm ( 3 chicks) as they were laying down individually and not hudeling together. Its also in a draft free environment in my carport but as gristar said they are live stock and will be heading to their home out the back as soon as they can hold their own temp a bit better.......
  9. Puck-Puck

    Puck-Puck Songster

    Brad & Cas,

    I speak not with chicken experience but with desk lamp that thing very carefully, they love to overheat. The cheaper they are, the worse they are for doing it. Mind that the globe wattage does not exceed the rating. Somebody here said that even with the appropriate globe, theirs melted!
  10. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    I probably don't follow the correct guidelines. I follow what the chicks needs. Mine are 7 weeks and the light has been off for over 2 weeks now. They were just too hot - panting and lifting their wings even with the light way up off them (this was in a well ventilated brooder too). They seem a lot happier now and have been just fine. I'll be putting them outside in the next couple weeks (thank goodness!)

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