heat lamps

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fastdraw7, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. fastdraw7

    fastdraw7 New Egg

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    my chickens are currently in a plastic box and are starting to grow a lot ant i was wondering if i should keep the heat lamp on them. They were born on December 4 and i don't want them to die.
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]Chicks should have heat lamps on them until they are fully feathered and able to withstand the cold, which usually is at 6-8 weeks old. Starting at 95 degrees F. for the first week, the temperature should be decreased (by raising the heat lamp, etc) by 5 degrees a week, until you don't need the heat lamp anymore because room temperature has been reached.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    Wyandottes X2! They need to be fully feathered and 6 weeks old before they can tolerate temp changes, and adjust their own internal heating and cooling.

    Good luck with your babies and enjoy BYC!
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  5. fastdraw7

    fastdraw7 New Egg

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    ok thanks every one! [​IMG]
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! If your chicks were hatched Dec 4, they should be just over six weeks old? What temperature are you keeping the brooder? They should be pretty well feathered and be able to deal with room temperature in your house, you might want to start gradually reducing the amount of heat they are getting if you still have them under a heat lamp all the time.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  8. fastdraw7

    fastdraw7 New Egg

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    ok thanks for the replies
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! x2 on Wyandottes7's information.
     

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