How long should I keep my chicks under the heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RoosterMaverick, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. RoosterMaverick

    RoosterMaverick Hatching

    Jul 31, 2014
    Hi, I was wondering what the recommended time to keep the chickens under the heat lamp to keep them alive was. Thank you very much!
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Keep them under the heat lamp until they no longer need supplemental heat. For the first week after a chick hatches, it should be in about 95 degree F. temperatures. Each week thereafter, the temperature should be dropped by five degrees F. This means that by week 6, chicks can be in 70 degree F. temperatures, and in most areas, this means they don't need a heat lamp any more.
  3. DianaMallory

    DianaMallory Songster

    Jul 20, 2012
    Lancaster Ohio
    Mine were weaned from the light at 4 weeks old. and Put out in their new coop. I started weaning them from the light at 31/2 weeks after they are feathered out. I did the method of lowing the temps and then I started turning the light off at night. I would turn the light off in the brooder but would leave the room light on. Once the had settled in to sleep I cover them so they don't get any drafts. Then I shut the room light off. I was trying to simulate the sun setting. At 4 weeks they were in the coop with no heat light and our temps dropped here a couple nights lows in the fifties. So I covered all the windows and vents so they wouldn't get drafts, and all are doing fine. They will be 6 weeks old sunday and hopefully if everything goes well they should be able to go out into the run this weekend. Mine have not touched the ground yet because we were building a new coop. It has rained here the last couple days and haven't been able to work on their run. I have a tarp ready if they can't figure out how to get out of the rain if it is still raining this weekend. Make sure you keep them dry.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2014

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