Do I need a heat lamp if my chicks are inside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pfewless, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. pfewless

    pfewless In the Brooder

    Oct 31, 2014
    I just got 6 chicks from TSC today. Ihave a heat lamp but am not sure if I need to use it. I have them in a big box with bedding & newspaper. They have their feeder and water container. I put electrolite in the water like they said. They are in the family room near the pellet stove. It stays about 68 degrees 24/7 in there. So I am asking if I need to put a heat lamp on them and if so for how many hours a day and how close to the box should it be? or at what temp should it be at the bottom of the box where they are? Iknow to keep it away from the food and water area. Thank You for any answers.
  2. If your house is not 95 degrees, they need a heat lamp.
  3. tjo804

    tjo804 Crowing

    Mar 15, 2014
    Cedar Creek, Texas
    Yes heat lamp Chicks need about 90 deg for first week and then lower about 5 deg a week to 70 deg
    if you hang the lamp above the brooder to heat half of it you can raise it to lower the temp until it is no longer needed.
  4. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    Yes, they need a heat lamp 24/7 for about six weeks. the brooder temp should be 90-95 degrees this week and 5 degrees cooler each week until 70 degrees. Give them space to move away from heat if they wish and keep food and water in the cool area.[​IMG]
  5. TripMomma

    TripMomma Chirping

    Jan 27, 2015
    My chicks are inside, the room is probably 65-68, I turned off their lamp at about 4 weeks old.

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