Brooder placement...daylight?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nurturingnaturally, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. nurturingnaturally

    nurturingnaturally Out Of The Brooder

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    I know temp and no draft is most important, but if they are getting 24/7 light from a 100 watt bulb...do they need natural daylight?
     
  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, some natural sunlight would be good for them IF a) it doesn't overheat the brooder and b) if the glass doesn't filter out the good part of the UV light -- many types of energy efficient glass filter out the parts of the spectrum that make vitamins in the birds bodies).

    Overall, not necessary, but if practical to do so, probably nice for them to see the sun at times. I know my birds like to sunbathe, even when fairly young, like 6 weeks.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Unfortunately, my chicks don't get any natural light until I take 'em outside for short "day trips." I do that so they WILL get some outdoors time AND some natural light.
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've brooded chicks in total artificial light and they've done fine.
     

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