Hours of light

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by carladababe, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. carladababe

    carladababe Songster

    Nov 25, 2010
    Dixon, Missouri
    I guess I'm just not getting it, even with the earlier help from another post. How many hours of light do I give my chicks? I have read 24/7 light/heat lamp on for the first 48 hours to the first 7 days, then start turning the light off for 1/2 hour to 1 hour, keeping a nite light on. Do I taper down the number of light hours until reaching a goal, like 14 hours on, 10 hours off? Can anyone help me with a schedule? Much appreciated, I pick up my chicks Thursday and I'm starting to get a good case of the nerves.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2011

  2. the Precious Ladies

    the Precious Ladies Songster

    Mar 20, 2010
    When I raised my chicks last year, I just left the heating lamp the whole time- the heating light was red and they all did fine [​IMG]
  3. taprock

    taprock Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    Northern L.P. Michigan
    I have never heard how much light only the temperatures needed. Ours had light 24/7 until the room temps where warm enough... In June that was quicker than this time of year. We did not use the red brooder light... It was too warm in the small container we had.

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