Do they need a heat lamp

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by anlicia, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. anlicia

    anlicia Just Hatched

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    I have 6 chicks that are between 6-8 weeks old. They're outside in their coop and I'm wondering if they still need the heat lamp at night. Overnight Temps are between 40°-50° F.
     
  2. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they fully feathered? If they are, they can regulate their body temperatures enough to stay warm.
     
  3. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fully or almost fully feathered is fine. :)
     
  4. anlicia

    anlicia Just Hatched

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    I'm a new chicken mom so I honestly don't know if they are even close to being fully feathered.
     
  5. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those little brown ones still need a lamp, for about another month depending on weather.
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Hello all, I just purchased some newly hatched chicks from my local nursery. I know that the brood temperature needs to be at 95 degrees, right now it's holding steady at 80 degrees and I keep the room they're in pretty warm (the thermostat is at 72 degrees). Is that warm enough for them or do I need to increase the brood temperature? Thanks for all your help!

    Melanie


    Edited by anlicia - 2/24/17 at 6:57pm



    Anlica, your chicks looked a bit younger than 8 weeks old, so I went back to your first post, which is quoted above. If these are the same chicks, they are at most 4 weeks old. Can you clarify that for me? What kind are they? Did you get them all at the same time and from the same place? The bigger ones look like they should be fine, and even the younger ones might be ok if they all snuggle together. Can you give them a huddle box? That will make all of the difference.
     
  7. anlicia

    anlicia Just Hatched

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    These are a different set. I purchased 6 chicks and then about 2 weeks later I purchased the two mentioned in the quoted post.
    The 6 in the photo are Welsimmers, Barred Plymouth Rocks, and Brahamas.I bought them all from the same nursery.
     
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  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Got it. if you've weaned them off heat, which they should be sometime between 4 - 5 weeks, they should be fine.
     

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