heat lamp times...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenchalupa, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. chickenchalupa

    chickenchalupa Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm getting some chicks in about a week and i'm wondering if i should leave the heat lamp on 24/7 or just during the day etc.?
    thanks
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    24/7 - they need the heat to survive.
     
  3. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    24/7 They need to be kept warm.
     
  4. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, what everyone else said: leave the heat on all the time.
     
  5. debakadeb

    debakadeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year, I raised and lowered the heat lamp -- lowered it for the evening, raised it for the morning. That was to accommodate our lower temps in the evening. Your chicks will pretty much tell you what they need but still best to use a themometer. Minimum of 95 degrees the first week, 90 second week, etc. You'll get the degree variations with the raising and lowering of the lamp.
     
  6. Rettmom

    Rettmom New Egg

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    I read the part on the raising chicks 101 that said if they huddle in the corners away from the light they are too hot, but they only do that when they're napping. When they're up and feeding they wander all over the place and never pant or anything. Should I move the light up anyway?

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    Last edited: Mar 7, 2009
  7. chickenchalupa

    chickenchalupa Out Of The Brooder

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    My question is answered. Thanks!
     

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