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How do you wean your chick off the heat lamp?

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

  1. weesy68

    weesy68 Songster

    May 3, 2009
    Stratford CT
    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 Chirping

    Jun 20, 2010
    Hayden Idaho
    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. Songster

    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

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    At this time of year... we just take them outside... and hope the heat doesn't kill them.

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