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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by vizslamom, Oct 25, 2013.
How long do baby chicks need the heat lamp for?
At least until they are in thecoop
Depends on the temperature they are being kept at and what they are comfortable with. Mine were in the house at 65 degrees and they stopped using the heat lamp at just over 3 weeks old. They were the only chickens I had so they went to the coop at 4 weeks with night time lows near 50 degrees on some nights. They were feathered except for a few missing on their heads. Most people say when they are fully feathered they are ready for the coop. They will develop feathers quicker if kept at a lower temperature than what is generally recommended however they are pretty fragile for the first two weeks. Just don't make sudden changes in their temperature.
Mine are kept in the house @ about 65. They are 4 weeks old. I think during the day I will turn the light off....on at night
Do they sleep under or near the light? If not then leave it off or raise it to lower the temperatures. At that age they don't really need the heat but I wouldn't suddenly make a huge change.
I found them on the other side of the box(its a pumpkin box....like in the stores)Its not an actual heat lamp....its a white light lamp. They lay side by side, but NOT huddle together.
At this age I usually shut the light off for several hours during the day, and my birds are brooded in an unheated barn. My reasoning is......when I've had a broody hen raise chicks, by 4 weeks they spend most of the day out from under her, at whatever temp it happens to be outside. I figure my brooder babies can do the same.