Lights on or off?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by OHMYCHICKIES, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. OHMYCHICKIES

    OHMYCHICKIES Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The temperature is going down into the low 30s and my youngest is 10 1/2 weeks. I've put on a 100W red light in the coop and now I've been seeing them move around, eating, etc. when it's time for them to roost. Before the light they would all get up and roost before dark. Is that a problem? Should I have a light? The coop is not insulated as of yet.
     
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a red heat lamp too and mine roost just fine and I am getting a lot of eggs....
     
  3. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    At 10 1/2 wks, they should be fully feathered and really don't need anything extra as a chick would. They should be fine. Depending on your coop, you'd be surprised how warm the coop stays from the body heat. I would put a thermometer inside for them to give you a reading. A heat lamp probably doesn't need to be used till it's below 32 degrees. What breed of chickens do you have? Are they colder climate birds? If so they should be fine right now.
     
  4. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    personally id turn the red heat light off.being that old they can take the cold.
     
  5. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
  6. OHMYCHICKIES

    OHMYCHICKIES Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have winter hardy bird. Barred Rock, Buff Orps, Light Brahmas. I guess I'm just being a little cautious. I did check the temp in there and it was the same as outside. There are alot of holes that needs to be sealed and that is probably why it doesn't keep the heat in.
     
  7. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Seal the drafts so they don't end up sick and leave the light off. If you provide heat for them at that high of a temp they become used to having it and if the power goes out they really suffer. Plus, giving added heat at that warm of a temp makes for a weaker bird. Some don't add any heat at all and others, like me, wait until the single digits (in the coop) before adding any. They make a heating pan or you can make one (search on here) for their waterer to sit on to keep it thawed.
     
  8. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    I you can work something out without the light, it might be easier. I made the mistake of allowing mine a light out there. Now, if the light goes off, they pitch a fit. It's like having thirty 2 year olds who are afraid of the dark.
     
  9. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Hmmm, mine don't throw a fit when the light goes out. They just wait for me to change it. I guess each flock would be different though.
     
  10. OHMYCHICKIES

    OHMYCHICKIES Chillin' With My Peeps

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    kinnip, LOL I like that. I might just do that. At night everything echoes here and that is the last thing I need.

    Farmer Kitty, I'm hoping to seal up those holes soon. One thing is that we are surrounded by trees and there is no draft through the holes but I guess it just takes some real windy nights and bam, a chicken cold. Hopefully soon, I'll get some insulation also.
     

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