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light cycles for new chicks

Discussion in 'Quail' started by yallapilko, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. yallapilko

    yallapilko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2012
    Hi, I wonder if you can help?
    My chicks hatched Friday and Saturday and so far I've left a light on so they can see to feed and drink.
    But I'm wondering what to do regarding the lights as time moves on.
    Any ideas?
    I'm not even sure I did the right thing leaving the light on this far!
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Are you talking about the brooder light? It is best to use an infra-red bulb in the brooder as it allows for natural sleep at night and is left on all the time. And yes, it is ok to leave the light on for them 24/7. Young chicks may feed at night when they are young.
  3. yallapilko

    yallapilko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2012
    Hi there twocrowsranch - Thanks for your reply. Yes, I'm talking about the brooder light.
    I'm using an 'electric hen' for heat rather than a light, So, I'm talking about the other light in the room.
    I'm unable to tolerate red light personally, it makes me feel quite ill for some reason. So, I found an alternative heat source for them and I'm wondering about the light in the room that they're situated....

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