I don't do the light for the first few days either but I don't consider that a bad thing at all. I put mine straight from the incubator and underneath the heating pad brooder. A chick that is too weak to get from food, water and back to the heat source isn't anything I'd want in my flock in the first place. Same with one that can't flock well and follow the crowd back to warmth. Monitoring the chicks the first day is standard whether one uses a light or another kind of brooder...even the real one, a mama hen.