Do I even need a light?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dinos_rock, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. Dinos_rock

    Dinos_rock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two chicks that are about 5-7 weeks old and I keep them in the garage. I didn't put any light out there because it was warm enough. But I might get some day old chicks soon. Do they need a light or are they ok in the garage?[​IMG]
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Your day old chicks are going to need a light on them til they feather out....they can get chilled and die....
     
  3. Dinos_rock

    Dinos_rock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the day old chicks are in the cage with the other older chicks will they be ok if they snuggle up together?[​IMG] I live in Arizona so even in the winter, the garage is very warm. And if the garage is a little chilly I would bring them in the house. I will put up a light, but I just have a regular light, it isn't red. Oh, and how old until they feather out?
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    About 6 weeks you can take the light away, a regular 40 watt bulb will work. Just make sure the temps start out at 90 deg and lower from there.

    It is also NOT a good idea to put day old chicks in with the 5-7 week old ones. They will get stepped on, woken up, and easily killed because they are small and weak as day olds. The 5-7 weekers are about age to go outside in a coop if your temps are not too low.
     
  5. Dinos_rock

    Dinos_rock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the 5-7 week old chicks are bantam. I don't know if this changes anything, but I definetly won't keep them together if the day old could be hurt. I didn't even think about that.[​IMG]

    Since the 5-7 week old chicks are really little (Bantam), I keep them inside at night. I'd rather be safe than sorry....
     

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