First night without heat

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hispoptart, May 3, 2011.

  1. hispoptart

    hispoptart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are almost six weeks, it's still to cold here at night to put them outside, but I have been weaning them off the heat lamp. Last night I turned it off. Oh what a ruckus they made at first. I don't believe they were cold, because they were not all huddled together. I think they were afraid of the dark. LOL They finally settled down. Checked on them this morning and they are all sleeping soundly. They are not huddled, just sleeping close by each other. Since they made it fine all night without the light do I need to turn it back on anymore?

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  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Probably not, but since my chicks seem to really enjoy basking in the red glow, I allowed them several hours a day of artificial light.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    At 6 weeks, definitely not. And they would be ready to go outside, except now they are accustomed to the warmth so I would do it gradually, day visits at first.
     
  4. hispoptart

    hispoptart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, they are awake now and doing just fine. It's still getting down in the low 20's here and even had a couple of mornings where it was 18, so not sure if they can handle that yet, but It supposed to be quite nice this next couple of days so I will start taking them outside for a bit.
     

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