How long do I need to keep my chicks with a heat lamp at night?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kelly G, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    They are four weeks old today and they have all thier feathers...Our nights get down to about 78F (that was the lowest over the last four weeks), and I just wondered how long they need the heat lamp at night?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    They should be fine now if they have all their feathers and your nighttime temps are only down to 78 degrees.

    Just keep an eye on them when you turn off the lamp and see if they huddle tightly together. If so, they are likely too cold.
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Mine have been outside without their heat lamp since the 2nd week in temps of 50s and 60s. They would huddle together, but rest comfortably all night. We've had cool nights all summer. The chicks have been very hardy!

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