Do your chicks in the brooder, sleep in the dark?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LauraG, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. LauraG

    LauraG Songster

    Apr 13, 2010
    Upstate, NY
    Ok, I know this is a dumb question, but--

    I have 5.5 week old chicks & due to the temps havent needed their red heat lamp on at all the last week or so. I had been putting the regular light on at night so that they could still see to eat.

    Well, they will be in their coop soon & it will be much darker at night, with no lamp on at night, I wanted them to get used to sleeping in the dark.

    So I put a little, tiny night light on in the room, shut out the floor lamp last night, and boy did the peeping begin!!!

    When do y'all get your chicks sleeping in the dark, or am I doing something wrong?
  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    Cover them up with a blanket or sheet and get some sleep! I always cover mine at night with no light to get them used to it before they go to the coop!
  3. watersoflethe

    watersoflethe Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Corona/Mira Loma CA
    once their brooder lamp is gone they only have natural light to live by. so they have darkness when its dark out..
    just put them in a different room and ignore them. they will stop [​IMG]

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