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How long do they need a heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 2tostartwith, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. 2tostartwith

    2tostartwith Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a little bit of a complicated question... I just got 2 EE chicks from a poultry meet up/swap. Originally I was told they were 10.5 weeks. They were not under a heat lamp but there were about 6 huddled together. I brought them home & because it wasn't even 40° out, decided to keep them in my bathroom in a cat carrier. When I got up in the morning, they looked so bad, puffed up, eyes closed, droopy wings. I got ahold of the guy & asked his advice. He said they were only 8.5 weeks & still needed to be under heat. What?! Then why did his sign say 10.5 weeks & they had no heat lamp? So frustrating! Anyway, they have been in my bathroom for 5 days now (so, now they are 9 weeks old). And they are happy & warm. But now I'm not sure when they can go off the heat and outside. Daytime temps are around the mid-40s & nights are in the 30s. Hopefully this made some sense. Any advice would be helpful, thanks!
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Pictures? Could be they are much younger than you were told or they might be sick. They don't need heat once they are mostly feathered in.
     
  3. ADVaughn

    ADVaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I recall correctly, they can be out from under a heat lamp at about 12 weeks. I just got 8 golden sex links...very excited to start my flock finally.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    I've never had any that needed heat past 6 weeks.
     
  5. ADVaughn

    ADVaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know there's a step down of temperature but I thought it was longer than that.

    Btw...if they have feathers showing on the wings how old are they really?
     
  6. MrsMopar

    MrsMopar Out Of The Brooder

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    I got mine from hatchery last wed, so they are about 10 days old. They all have enough wing feathers to fly about, and some have tail feathers.
     
  7. aggiemae

    aggiemae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We usually get our chicks in the beginning of March. I move the light up lots higher at about 5-6 weeks but, unless it's unusually warm, I use it for about 10 weeks at night even if they are going out during the warm days. They get cold at night without the light and cold makes them loud and fussy.

    They don't go out to the main coop until they are close to laying.
     
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  8. 2tostartwith

    2tostartwith Out Of The Brooder

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    I think mine are fully feathered. (Sorry, not the greatest picture) [​IMG]
     
  9. 2tostartwith

    2tostartwith Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice. I'm thinking maybe I will start taking them out on "field trips" during the day. Then back under the lamp at night. At least for another week or so.
     
  10. 2tostartwith

    2tostartwith Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, exactly. Mine don't have any down feathers left. I've never had EEs but I've heard they can be on the smaller side.
     

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