nccountrygirl

Songster
12 Years
Jul 31, 2007
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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
 

CoyoteMagic

RIP ?-2014
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
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only the shadow knows.....
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.
 

Portia

Songster
11 Years
Feb 29, 2008
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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!
 

wynedot55

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

Henrietta23

Songster
12 Years
Oct 20, 2007
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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.
 

gumpsgirl

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Mar 25, 2008
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Virginia
That's a great question! One I was wondering about myself. Thanks for asking it! Now I know too!
 

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