Brooding questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by newchick33, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. newchick33

    newchick33 Just Hatched

    Mar 8, 2017
    Hey I've had my chickens for about a month now-, they are starting to get big enough for the coop. I was just wondering if it's safe to wean them off the heat lamp I've been using.
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Yes. by the time chicks are 2 - 3 weeks old, it's time to start weaning, based on your weather patterns. You start by turning the light off for a few minutes at a time, and increase that time until by the time they are 3 - 4 weeks old, they are fine all day without heat (if in the house). By 4 - 6 weeks they are ready for the coop, depending on temps, feathering, coop set up. You can give them a huddle box or a wool hen to help with the transition (do a topic search for how to info.) Many of us brood our chicks in the coop with a heating pad. It makes the transition so much easier, and they wean themselves from heat.

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