Can It turn the heat lamps off?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Goaldielocks, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. Goaldielocks

    Goaldielocks Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 17, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Hi All!
    I have 17 chicks that are 10 weeks old now. They've been in the coop for 4 weeks now with heat lamps round the clock . It is low 30's -20's here at night. Is it time to turn the lights off and let them get used to the weather? If it's super cold we've turned them on in the past with a prior group...but have never started with fall chicks before. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I'd leave a 60-100 watt bulb on during the night depending on coop size. Just to keep the coop above freezing. But I'm a softie.

    Make sure it is hung two different ways, not clamped (flying chickens).
  3. duckking

    duckking Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2010
    Cascade Foothills, WA
    I have a 250w infrared on when it gets really cold at night, well 25F is really cold here. We got down to 1F last week which was weird. But I have it off during the day and it's in the upper 30's-lower 40's. It got cold enough last week to freeze their water in the coop overnight even with the heat lamp on and they seemed no worse for the wear. I cover their roost with straw and shavings. It's a 2x4, broad side up. They are just over 3 months old and cold hardy breeds - RIR, Gold Laced Wyandotte, and Delaware.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I would start turning the light off during the day and then start decreasing the amount of time it's on at night. You can use a timer so it only comes on during the coldest part of the night for awhile and then turn it off completely.

    IMO, chickens fair better when allowed to acclimate to the cold naturally. Get them used to a heat lamp and have a power failure and they will be ill-equipped to handle the cold.

    If you have some single combed birds, roos especially, and your ventilation isn't what it should be (too much moisture in the coop) you may have to apply vaseline to their combs.
  5. duckking

    duckking Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2010
    Cascade Foothills, WA
    I agree. I don't have it on at night when it's above 25F which is most of the time here. But if it gets colder than that I worry about them......I'm a sucker....[​IMG]
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Great advice from Gritsar. Cut back on the heat gradually so that your birds can acclimate to the lower temps.

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