Heat requirements?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by yotetrapper, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    North Central MS
    I saw on another post where someone said broilers don't require as much heat as normal chicks. Mine are Two weeks old now, they still have their heat lamp....should I be phasing it out? I rose it the other day but as it got colder in here, they were all huddled...
  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    I saw that too..... I would imagine their constant eating makes them warmer... but mine also grow so fast that their feathers do not cover them sufficently [​IMG] So I dunno [​IMG] I was wondering the same thing.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    It seems to me more that just, because they get larger faster, they outgrow the need for heat sooner. (despite some bald patches).

    I'd go by their behavior. If they huddled under it', personally I'd err on the side of caution and leave it as it is. I mean, it is *possible* they are being wussies and just like sitting in the spa, but do you want to find out the hard way?

    JMO, good luck,

  4. pdpatch

    pdpatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Hastings, Nebraska
    A chicken is a chicken, the main rule is they need to by feathered out before exposed to much cold. You should also reduce there tempature slowly, But it can be a bit faster as they are close to be feathered at 3 weeks. Where a standard breed may take 6 to 8 weeks.

    But cold or warm tempatures place stress on them, which alters there rate of growth.

    We do have a couple that are not feathering out that well. But between the heat lamps and body warmth of the others they seem to be doing ok. The night temps here are about 25, days have been about 30 to 50 for the last week or so they have been out in the pourlty barn

    Ours are doing ok at a little over three weeks old.

  5. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, they have different heat requirements. At week three, they can handle being without a heat lamp as long as the weather is below freezing at night. I put mine out at three weeks and just turn heat lamps on them at night. Phase the heat out though- raise your lamps a couple of inches every couple of days for the last week or so in the brooder.

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