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how long do chicks need the heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by the simple life, May 10, 2008.

  1. How long do the chicks need the heat lamp for? Do you use it less and less like just at night or do you shut it off at a certain point?
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Until they are fully feathered, around 8 weeks.

    Start with the heat at 95* in the brooder, decrease by 5* each week.
     
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Just watch you chicks and the weather. If its nice out and there about 3 weeks or older i turn it off. But only if the temperature is in the 60 or higher
     
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  4. chicken-head

    chicken-head Hatching

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    What size of bulb would you need for baby chicks at this time if year it's very cold out there yet?
     
  5. wantedman66

    wantedman66 Songster

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    A hundred watt would work or those red brooding lights,just keep it low enough and to one side of brooder so they can get away from it if they get too hot,and in this weather make sure they are fully feathered out usually 3-6 weeks
     
  6. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Crowing 5 Years

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    I would go 6 weeks.
     
  7. chickd

    chickd In the Brooder

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    they are amber links and light bramaha
    They are 3-4 weeks old
    The temp is 37 f in days and colder at night


    And how to introduce my old chickens to the chicks and a old Bantum hen chicken


    Help [​IMG]
     
  8. VtotheAL

    VtotheAL In the Brooder

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    Hi. I'm brand new to chickens. I'm wondering about this same topic. My chicks are 2 and 5 days old (a Barred Rock & a Red Star). Right now their lamp is positioned to give them a 95* area. If I decrease it by 5* each week for 8 weeks, the temp in the brooder would be 55*, if it were outside. I'm brooding them inside my house, and the house temp is a constant 72*. Could I not just remove the heat lamp altogether after 4 weeks?
     
  9. cmfarm

    cmfarm Songster 8 Years

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    If you are keeping them inside and it is 72 then you can remove the heat, they will be fine.
     
  10. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Crowing 5 Years

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    My babies are 5 weeks old and they never had a mom, I put them in a broody box with a silky and everyone is happy.
     

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