How long do they need the heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rella88, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. rella88

    rella88 New Egg

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    I bought 10 baby chicks 2 weeks ago and forgot to ask how old they were. They appeared over two weeks as they had a lot of pin feathers, already. They are quickly out growing the tub I am using for their brooder. I need to separate them into two as my house doesn't have the space for one big brooder and don't have another heat lamp. How old do they have to be to remove the heat lamp?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Most chicks are fully feathered out around 6 weeks old, and then can be eased into their outside coop. What are the temperatures where you live? I would advise you to not separate them, since they are bonded as a group, and may be hard to place together later without fighting and pecking. It can be simple to use a water trough, or build a simple plywood brooder for them. Only one heat lamp is still required. Place a screen or some wire fencing securely over the top so they cannot fly out when they are 2-3 weeks old. The one I built for 25 chicks was 4 foot by 4 foot, with 2 foot tall sides. I put it together with screws, and took it apart and stored it for later use. You could use a 2x4x2 foot tall one for 10. Here is a good link to click on for many homemade brooder designs: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-chicken-brooder-designs-pictures
     
  3. rella88

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    The tub I have is 4.5'x2' and 2' deep. I live just north of Dallas so it's still chilly and my coop needs some repairs before letting them live out there. I have made a new feeder to keep up w/ them. If they can be outside, during the day,in a couple weeks, I may see if they can stick it out. Although,I did notice one has missing tail feathers so I think they need more space very soon. Thank you for the advice.
     
  4. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks do not even need a heat lamp as long as there are other chicks in the area.if it is reasonably cold where they are placed,(Like 16F)or below,then I would consider it.I have heard of week old chicks outside 25 degrees,in a coop,all they had was eachothr.
     
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  5. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would add lots of hay and shavings for them to just cuddle into.
     
  6. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used nice sturdy boxes ducktaped securely w/ multiple rooms, this might help you. And add more boxes room as needed w/ door cut out.

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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Maybe so...but I certainly would NOT recommend it.
     
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  8. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't do it to my chicks either out there in the coldest weather,but i'm just stating they could survive without it.
     
  9. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Type up (Chick mama heating pad)

    Way better than a Heat lamp.
     
  10. lazy gardener

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