How do you wean your chick off the heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by weesy68, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. weesy68

    weesy68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How soon can i remove a heat lamp from my chick's brooder? Right now she is the only one I am hand raising, we have one more possibly viable egg, so she has no-one to cuddle her to keep warm. Should I lower the temperature bit by bit, or do I just wait for a certain age to take the lamp away entirely?
     
  2. fwschrom

    fwschrom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Raise your lamp bit by bit to reduce temps. Right now its pretty hot here so I would only need the lamp for the first two weeks and at night.
     
  3. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Well really it depends on how hot it is there and if you only have one chick in the brooder you just need a low wattage bulb, and when it is feathered out some, I just turn the lamps off, providing it is warm enough outside. I started by turning it off during the day and on at night sometimes..but this is Va. and the day temps are easily 95-100 and sometimes the nights aren't much better.
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    At this time of year... we just take them outside... and hope the heat doesn't kill them.
     

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