Heat and light question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by channel12001, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. channel12001

    channel12001 Chirping

    May 16, 2010
    I have 8 chicks almost 5 weeks old. They are kept inside and with the warmer temps I started just using a 75 watt bulb but only at night. They are kept in a finished basement so it is a bit darker down there even with all the blinds open. The bulb was on a timer and I began to notice that the chicks were super active at night with the light and were sleeping and roosting during the day without the light. I think the bulb was much brighter than the regular room light during the day and they started to mix up day and night! The past few days, I stopped using the light all together and they are now up and active during daylight and sleeping at night. I still have a small night light just for some ambient light. Is it possible that they could have confused day and night with the light on a timer?? They seem fine without the heat at night and are feathered nicely. Do they still need the heat at night??
  2. NewHen

    NewHen Songster

    Mar 16, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I used a red brooder heat lamp and that was okay, but if my plasma TV or the room light was on they'd wake up and start chirping.
  3. LittleChocobo

    LittleChocobo Chirping

    May 31, 2010
    Hillsboro, Oregon
    I can't say about chickens for certain, but when I had parakeets, just dropping towels over their cage to block out the light would make them fall asleep no matter what time it is.
  4. becstalls

    becstalls In the Brooder

    May 22, 2010
    I'm new to this too, but mine have had a light on 24/7, and that will probably continue as they are outside now and it looks as though it's gonna be fairly chilly the next few days. They don't seem to be confused--they just do 20 minutes sleeping, 20 minutes eating.

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