CHICKS, help please!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lanie8, May 17, 2011.

  1. lanie8

    lanie8 In the Brooder

    May 15, 2011
    I have a coupple of3 week old chicks,and when I go to bed I turn off the light so they can sleep(room about 80f so they don't need a heat lamp),but as soon as I turn the light off they get really scared,and wont sleep,witch meansme neithr.Any way to get them use to the light being turned off at night?
    Last edited: May 17, 2011

  2. CayuseRanch

    CayuseRanch Songster

    Apr 4, 2011
    Newalla, Oklahoma
    I stagger my lights off on the young chicks. When they are outside, the light dims and they slowly aclimate and move into their huddle and roosts. When you are using artificial light all the sudden it goes from being the middle of the day to a cloudy night with no moon. So I turn off the light in the room they are in, leave the hallway light on, then next time I walk by I pull the door a little more closed, and when they are all huddled together and sleeping, I turn the hall light off.

    Some people use a red bulbed light at night.
  3. Kbagwell1

    Kbagwell1 Chirping

    Mar 14, 2011
    Augusta, GA
    Its best to use the infrared light bulb...its more soothing. Also at 1 week old they should be around 90 degrees still....only drop 5 degrees a week!
  4. Katydid2011

    Katydid2011 Songster

    Apr 22, 2011
    West Coast USA
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  5. fifenashia

    fifenashia Songster

    May 15, 2011
    Eastern Kentucky
    We use a night bulb for heat and some light but not enough to keep them up, I flip that one on at about 8:00 so there is still some daylight and they get a more natural transition. I like the idea of the timer too!

  6. minifarmerct

    minifarmerct In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2011
    I use an led night light that goes on as it gets darker costs practically nothing to run
  7. lanie8

    lanie8 In the Brooder

    May 15, 2011
    Thanks for the advice! When the hens get to be full grown do they have to have any lights on at night when its warm out?
  8. Celtic Chick

    Celtic Chick Crowing

    Apr 7, 2011
    SE Wis
    Most people don't, but I will have either a 25 watt red bulb in my coop running at night, or a nightlight with a red X-mas bulb in it. The red color doesn't disturb their sleep or make them want to peck/fight the way white bulbs do.
    I have had a few instances when the girls decided it was too nice out to go in the coop until later. Unfortunately, when later came, it was too dark in the coop for them to see to jump up on their roosts. Lesson learned. My procrastinators need a nightlight.
  9. minifarmerct

    minifarmerct In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2011
    I found some night lites on the internet that use 5 amber leds that give off a warm yellowish
    light they seem to like and as mentioned before leds run forever at little expense

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