Heat Light

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by countrygirls, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. countrygirls

    countrygirls New Egg

    Oct 12, 2010
    Do chicks really need the heat lamp at 90 to 100 degrees? And then decreased by five degrees every week? That seems kinda crazy, I mean how did they do without electricity or did the chicks just not have a good survival rate?
    Sorry if my question is silly, I am new to this
  2. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Before electricity they stayed under Mommy to keep warm.

    The chicks do not need to be under the lamp all the time. The need a place to get out of the heat as well. My first batch of chicks came in July when it was 90* here, I didn't use the lamp much except at night. This batch has 40-50* nights and 60-70* days and even inside my house with no heat on, yes they need their heat lamp.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  3. countrygirls

    countrygirls New Egg

    Oct 12, 2010
    Thank you KimberlyJ.. I really need all the information I can get!!
  4. Luckytaz

    Luckytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2010
    Rogers, Mn.
    Most people used hens, but some had kerosene brooders.
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    My relatives raised them in the kitchen next to the wood stove.
  6. FlipFlopFarmer

    FlipFlopFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    My grandma used the wood stove also, i use a light if i have just a couple of chicks inside, but if i hatch in the summer, i leave them in the bator longer then put em outside in a brooder with a low low watt bulb (40), in louisiana, it is plenty hot enough in summer.

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