Lights Out?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Swamp Roo, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. Swamp Roo

    Swamp Roo Songster

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    Apr 22, 2008
    SW FL
    Hi all,
    At what age do people turn out the brooder light for night? I live in South West Florida, and in order to "lower" the temperature in my brooder by 5* a week, I'd have to put my birds in the fridge! [​IMG] The only reason I am leaving the light on at night now, is so the birds continue their eat, sleep, eat, rearange pecking order, eat, foul water, eat... routine (did I mention eat?). Thanks
     
  2. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    That is a great question. My chicks are 6 and 7 weeks old, I switched to a 100 watt light bulb that hangs outside of their little coop. I removed the light today to put over the 20 cornish cross chickens I bought. (they have a 250 watt bulb). Anyway, my older chicks absolutely refused to go into their coop even though it was getting a little chilly and very windy. I had to find another extension cord in the dark and hang the darn light back up for them, they cheerfuly went in after that, but I wonder how long I have to keep the darn thing up. So, good question. Just how long do they need the light on at night?
     
  3. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Indiana
    My chicks in the house had a space heater at night so that i could turn the light off. I wouldnt try it somewhere you couldnt supervise though.
     
  4. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    I was wondering the same thing. We leave our's on till we get home from work at night. It's only a 40 watt bulb. Try leaving it on till you go to bed then cut it off when you know they are secure in their coop.
     
  5. I never used light so it was easier for me. I just let the sun go down for them. It's natural.
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2008

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