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Can 4 week old chickens go off a heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bryan8, May 31, 2009.

  1. bryan8

    bryan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive had my chickens in the garage with a heat lamp on sense they were a day old. Well I have to move them to the shed today. Can 4 week old red sex links go without a heat lamp? The temps at night are from 40 -50, and they will be in a shed.

    Thanks

    ~Bryan
     
  2. fivestring

    fivestring Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would put a heat lamp in one end of their coop. If they get chilly, they will hang out under it. Make sure they have room to move away from the lamp if they get too warm.

    If they tend to sit directly under the lamp, your coop is a little too cold, if they are at the far end away from the lamp, it's too warm. If they scurry around all over the coop, it's just right.
     
  3. bryan8

    bryan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How can you tell when there ready to come off the lamp?
     
  4. pigcoon

    pigcoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have this question also! [​IMG]
     
  5. Kali

    Kali Out Of The Brooder

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    They should be fine during the day but I would still keep the lamp available for them during the night for at least a few more weeks.
     
  6. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i find that when mine are spending a lot of time as far away from the light as they can get, it's time to turn off the light. [​IMG]
     
  7. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is also what I use as a guide line. If they are fully feathers, lost all the baby fluff then you can turn off the light.
     
  8. olinr

    olinr Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:That is also what I use as a guide line. If they are fully feathers, lost all the baby fluff then you can turn off the light.

    I agree with the chicks distance from the heat lamp. I monitored mine and removed the lamp
     
  9. olinr

    olinr Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:That is also what I use as a guide line. If they are fully feathers, lost all the baby fluff then you can turn off the light.

    I agree with the chicks distance from the heat lamp and the feathers.
    I monitored mine and removed the lamp at 7 weeks.
    This was due to our night temperatures going down to freezing. But, now we in Summer heat (60's at night).
    I connected a timer to turn the lamp on during the night and turning it off when the Sun came up.
    A cheap 24-hour timer can be used. This will help in your power bill.

    Dick.
    Phelan, CA
     
  10. sunnibunny99

    sunnibunny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heres how I tell when their ready.


    When they have ALL of their feathers (Or most of them) They can stop.


    Thats my theorie
     

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