Can I turn the light off yet?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Kaitie09, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My cornish x are 5 weeks old. All of them are fully feathered except for their butts. I turn the light if during the day, but am wondering about night now. It drops down to about 30 degrees here at night on average.
     
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  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They don't need it anymore. Typically you can remove it at 3 weeks or sooner if the weather is warm.
     
  3. jessicayarno

    jessicayarno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 4 1/2wks old and i still have a heat lamp on them at night.. It drops down into the 20's some nights so i plan on leaving it on them until close to processing or when i notice that they don't need it. They still huddle together under it at night so i know it is just too cold to take it away.. If you think they still need it by all means keep it on them.. I look at it like I would rather the food be converted to meat than fuel to keep them warm..
     
  4. Recon

    Recon Out Of The Brooder

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    They'll gain weight faster with the light on, but some people feel that increases the mortality. I've tried it both ways and I can't really see a direct link to increased mortality from the light. I can, however, see a direct link to lower weights at butchering when I don't have a light for them though.

    You probably haven't needed a light for a long time.
     
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