Heat Light


9 Years
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
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.
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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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