Do you need a light in the brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ladybead, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. ladybead

    ladybead In the Brooder

    Hi, My chicks are 3 weeks old and we keep them in the house. Do we need a light in the brooder when it is warm enough?
  2. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Songster

    Dec 23, 2014
    They still need aheat source. We may think it is warm enough but they may not. At three weeks the brooder should still be up aroung 80-85 degees. Lower the temp by 5 degrees per week. I start mine out at around 100 then down from there. Not all the brooder is that hot, just at the heat source.
  3. ladybead

    ladybead In the Brooder

    Thanks, I just wanted to make sure. I guess they sleep with the light on and it doesn't bother them. We have our brooder at 80 degrees. What's the coolest it should be in the brooder if you go down by 5 degrees per week

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