Heat lamp with light VS. Heat with no light

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Youngfamily1989, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. Youngfamily1989

    Youngfamily1989 Out Of The Brooder

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    When I think I have it figured out, I read somthing that gives me doubt. If you all get Practical Poultry mag there is a colum in there about having a light on 24-7 for heat. The light allows them to feed 24 hours a day causing them to grow faster and heavier causing crooked toe and prolapse. Well this raises another question. How can I heat my 2 to 10 week old chickens; at this stage the're to big to keep in the house. Have any of you heard this and do you keep a light on 24-7 when its cold outside? This ad starts on page 30 Oct. issue.

    Thanks, Brian [​IMG]
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I use light for heat with no problems. I do take it away as soon as they can take the cold.
     
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Over 20 years of using heat lights (red) and never had an issue like decribed.
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I've never heard of this either...your 2 to 10 week olds are going to have to have a heat lamp on them if they are outside or inside , they need to feather out good to be able to keep warm.....I use red heat lamp outside and just a 100 watt bulb down to a 60 watt inside the house in my brooder....I wouldn't not keep a lamp on adult chickens 24/7 unless the temps dipped down to zero with windchills in winter...I always use a red heat lamp then....
     
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