Heat lamp, when do my chicks not need this?

Swirls76

Chirping
May 31, 2017
38
11
64
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
 

Attachments

Kiki

I'm coming Kathy!
Project Manager
Premium Feather Member
5 Years
Jul 31, 2015
97,185
532,681
2,002
Houston, TX
My Coop
Welcome to BYC!

Oh my...at that age they should not have the heat lamp.
Those two "slow to feather" ones are probably behind because of too much heat for too long.

Post pics of the ones you are "wondering" about here:
What Breed Or Gender is This?
 

Swirls76

Chirping
May 31, 2017
38
11
64
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!
 

Kiki

I'm coming Kathy!
Project Manager
Premium Feather Member
5 Years
Jul 31, 2015
97,185
532,681
2,002
Houston, TX
My Coop
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

Chirping
May 31, 2017
38
11
64
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!
 

drumstick diva

Still crazy after all these years.
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Aug 26, 2009
132,204
215,323
1,857
Out to pasture
When you post photos at "what breed or gender is this." Please say what age they are in the photos. :welcome
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom