Lights out

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nccountrygirl, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    I have chicks that are 6,7, and 8 weeks today. I have had them under a red bulb. I read somewhere to start turning off the light for a little bit each night to get them acclimated to darkness, so I just pictched them into total darkness a few minutes ago and so far so good. How long should I leave the light off. They are still in the house and feathered out enough to not really need heat anymore. Should I leave the light off from now on. Thanks
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Hmmmm. I dunno. I just turned the light off during one day and never turned it back on. My girls are 4 weeks old and are doing fine without. There are still a few that "dog pile" at one end of the tub but the rest just spread out all over.
  3. All depending on where they are, I would just let night creep over them naturally. Take the light off before sunset and let it happen on its own. Not sure I would plunge them into it.
  4. Portia

    Portia Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    South Central PA
    Mine are at 6 weeks and in the basement during the night where it is 60-65 degrees. I turn all the lights out, no heater. I base this on the fact that they spend almost every day outside in the garden and have been more than happy down to 50 degrees. They are funny, they let me know at dusk when they want to come into their brooder; when I put them in they eat a bit then set to roost for the night. We are almost finished with the coop...then its outside for good! [​IMG]
  5. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    at the age your pullet girls are id just leave the light off for good.because they really dont need it anymore.
  6. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Mine are 6 weeks and I don't have a light on them anymore. There is a light on the ducklings brooder though so they are still not in complete darkness yet. They will move to the basement next week when the new chicks come and then they will be.
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    That's a great question! One I was wondering about myself. Thanks for asking it! Now I know too! [​IMG]

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