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i have a heat lamp on for chickens...i have a question !!!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dechicks, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. dechicks

    dechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    there up all night long walking around eating crowing acting like its daytime is it bc of heat lamp ??do they even need a heat lamp ?
     
  2. frostbite

    frostbite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they? What color heat lamp is it? Generally, if they need a heat lamp, it's only for the first couple weeks.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Uhhh... If they are crowing, they aren't chicks needing supplemental heat.

    Therefore, I am guessing they are mature chickens, and in that case, they don't need supplemental heat. People in Alaska keep chickens without heating their coops. So, with this limited I formation, I will suggest you not provide a heat lamp in your coop for them.

    One reason: if they are used to it, and you have a power outage, the sudden drop in temperature may be very bad for them.
     
  4. dechicks

    dechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    ok thanks yes there all full grown but nights were getting colder so thought they needed supplement heat i will get rid of that today ..its only been on 3 nights and them 3 nights no matter what time i look out there there up walking around and crowing ...
     
  5. frostbite

    frostbite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, tell 'em the party's over, and make them sleep in the dark!!!!! Why should they have all the fun?
     
  6. CluckAcres

    CluckAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a heat lamp in my coop on all the time. My roosters crow for only little while or when im out there. Then then go to sleep after a bit. So what im saying is im not having a problem with them. I keep the lamp on one side of the coop facing downward and the other side is darker, that way they can choose where to roost. If they get too cold they can move more into the light/heat if not they can stay more where its darker. Hope this helps.
     
  7. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    Having a white light on in the coop 24/7 can lead to pecking or cannibalization problems. I do not suggest any supplementary heat at all until the weather dips below -20 degrees F, but if you feel you must, use a red heat lamp which doesn't disturb the animals at night so much.

    Animals don't do well if they can't have full dark for a certain number of hours each night. Heck, humans don't either, and there are growing reports of people having problems because there are so many things in our lives with lights on them that we're never really in the dark. Even in agriculture facilities where there is work 24/7, such as on a dairy farm, the cows are given full dark for at least eight hours--the employees use headlamps to work.
     

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