Ceramic reptile heater.. will chicks eat at night?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by alessadry, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. alessadry

    alessadry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    So after reading around, I discovered ceramic reptile heater and got one today at the pet store for my week-old chicks. My baby chicks were too hyper with the red brooder lamp and were eating and chirping (although happily) throughout the night and they just never seemed to get good, restful sleep. So we put it the ceramic heater now and gosh, it is sooooo quiet. I never saw them so relaxed, it's like they really needed it.

    Now I am wondering though will they eat during the night? or will the darkness cause them to sleep through the night? Do they need to eat during the night?
     
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  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    They don't need to eat at night. They will wake with mighty fine appetites in the morning.. How many chick do you have?? Post some pix of heater and your chicks. How many watts is your heater? Just curious.
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  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    If there is no light they will not be able to see----to eat. They do not have to eat during the night.
     
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  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Broody hens don't use flashlights. [​IMG] Sorry, couldn't resist. No, they don't need to eat at night but they will if the lights are on. I've noticed that mine tank up as the sun is setting (I'm using the heating pad cave) and go to bed with a full crop. Smart little peeps.
     
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  5. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    @debid I don't like to go to sleep hungry myself.......... [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  6. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    A Chickens crop is kinda like our shirt tucked in our pants and we go to the cabinet, fridge, stove and get things to munch on----sticking them in our shirt. Then at night with no lights--we can keep getting some food from out the "storage" to munch on at night without getting up----LOL.
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Chickens go to bed with full crops, crops should empty(with resultant piles under birds) by morning.
     
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  8. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Good words Aart, but I Liked My explanation better---LOL----if the person is a muncher their "shirt" will be empty in the morning too!!
     
  9. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    The shirt thing is great but aart mentioned [​IMG] so I'd call it a draw.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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