HEAT LAMP

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by riley, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. riley

    riley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my chicks are 5 weeks old and they seem to have all their feathers and they are still indoors, their brooder stays at 70 degrees without the lamp is it to early to leave it off
     
  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not really u can but depending on the breed most wait until they are 5-8 weeks
     
  3. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not have a heat lamp on them, at most I would have a 60 watt bulb on at night.
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Inside a heated house, I would agree they don't need a 250 watt bulb. They probably don't need light at night at all, but you can get lower wattage red spotlights that would work well if you choose.

    Inside an unheated garage would be a different story and they would still need the heat, especially in the cold climates.

    At 5 weeks, they appear fully feathered, although if you lift the wings I'm sure you'll see some areas still growing in. Chicks aren't typically fully feathered until about 6-8 weeks. Some slow featherers can take even longer.
     

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