how old until I don't have to leave their light on at night?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sheeshshe, May 16, 2009.

  1. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2009
    is there a certain age to go by for when they're in the brooder that I don't have to keep their light on all night long?

    ETA: they are in the house where it is in the 70's at night in here. the lowest it gets in here is 68*
    Last edited: May 16, 2009
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    It depends on the age, and your location. I wanna say 4-5 weeks, not know your situation. Good luck!
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I don't use a timetable, I watch them, adjust the lamp, if they huddle up they are cold, if they stay away from the light and peck each other it is too hot. Wait for their feathers to start coming in, then you will have more options.

  4. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2009
    so once they have a lot of feathers then it should be better? they seem to not be in the light as often as they were...

    I'm just trying to save on a little electricity, but I don't want to compromise their health either [​IMG]
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    If you are following the rule of 90 to 95 degrees at day one and decreasing by 5 degrees a week, you can stop using the light when the temps. without the heat lamp are where they need to be per the chick's age.
    Does that make sense? or am I too tired to be posting on the forum right now? [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 16, 2009
  6. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2009
    I thought that too LOL! so now we're down to 90*... so 3 or 4 more weeks then I guess??

    I guess I just didn't know if in the night since they'd be all cuddling together sleeping if they would be warm enough together without the light if that makes sense...
  7. Slywoody

    Slywoody Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    My chicks are like 6 or 7 wks old and have been outside in a brooder shed for 2 wks already. They are fully feathered,but i still have a 250 watt heat lamp out there for them. They are so spoiled and i know it is costing me an extra 10.00 bucks a month on electricity. I know they don't need it but, i just can't bring myself to shut it off. Guess i'm just an old fool.

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