Heat lamp, when do my chicks not need this?

Swirls76

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Everyone,

Currently, I have 9 8-9 week only chicks that are fully feathered except for my two Rhode Island Reds. Both are almost there, but still have a little fuzz under their beaks. They have been outside in their coop/enclosure for about two weeks now. At night, I lock them in their coop with a heat lamp. At what point do I not need to provide them with this heat source? We live in CA, so most of the time our nights aren't extremely cold. I have attached a picture of their coop/enclosure.

Any advice would be fantastic.

Also, I might have some questions about determining whether I have pullets or cockerels. Would anyone be able to help me?

Thanks
 

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Swirls76

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The coop is large enough for the chicks to stay away from the heat source. I only have it on at night, but I will make sure to remove it moving forward.

Thank you!
 

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I think I owe you an apology...
I just re read my first comment and it may sound rude.
I was in no way meaning for it to come out that way.
I was just shocked when I read their age.

I should have said:
Chicks this age do not need added heat. You may turn it off now.
Please forgive me.:oops:
 

Swirls76

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May 31, 2017
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I think I owe you an apology...
I just re read my first comment and it may sound rude.
I was in no way meaning for it to come out that way.
I was just shocked when I read their age.

I should have said:
Chicks this age do not need added heat. You may turn it off now.
Please forgive me.:oops:

It's all good. Our Rhode Island Reds are a week younger.

Thank you for the help!
 

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