Hi folks My 6 week olds have been roosting (a towel rack about three inches off the floor) quite happily in their brooder since they were little ones, and the past few days I have been turning off the heat during the day, and left the heat lamp on at night. Today they were outside in the yard in 39 degree weather happily scratching away. So I decided to turn off the heat lamp tonight to see what happens. Now the brooder is in the garage, and without the heat lamp it is pitch dark. During the day I had always kept the heat lamp on and a flourescent light on to simulate day time, and would turn off the flourescent light at night, but they could still see with the red light. I have strung up a string of Xmas lights so it is NOT totally dark, but boy you should hear the squaking that ensued once the lights were off (except the Xmas light). This went on for a good 25 mins, and I didn't know whether to laugh or to give in. When I checked in on them just now, they were haphazardly piled up, 2 were actually on the roost, but the other three were laying against the roost. The temps have not been fluctuating much from daytime temps so I am pretty sure they are not cold, but how do I get them to transition from having their red night light to a coop with no lights in a week or two ? Any advice would be appreciated!