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Move out day! Heat/light lamp or no?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BlueBetween, May 22, 2011.

  1. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there, today is the big day! I'm just wondering... with lows in the 40's at night... do the girls need a light or heat light out in their new coop? They've been spending days out side for a few days now (60 degrees or so), and inside at night... what do you think? Thanks!

    I should probably say they are 8 weeks and 7 weeks and have all their feathers.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2011
  2. SunsetFarms

    SunsetFarms New Egg

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    I would put a heat lamp out with them till it's a little warmer.
     
  3. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A 125 watt bulb was way too hot in my enclosed outdoor brooder at nights, even when it was in the 50's. So I swapped it out for a regular household 75 watt and it was perfect.

    Here it is way too warm for brooder lights in the day now. It's like 90 today. [​IMG]
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    At 7 to 8 weeks, chicks are in no need of heat anymore. But, you'll have to allow them to adjust from having it, if you've not weaned them off by now.
     
  5. hickchick55

    hickchick55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    When I pulled the heat bulb after it finally warmed up here, I tried to replace it with a regular night light. It did not go well, and I ended up getting a red 25 watt bulb instead. After being so accustomed to the red light, this made them much happier.
     
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    No heat needed. They are old enough and acclimated. And they will love being outdoors.

    If you did put a heat lamp out there, I wouldn't be surprised if they slept away from it.
     
  7. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Mine moved out at about the same age and it was chilly and damp here when they did. Even though they had plenty of feather I still hung the heat lamp in a corner and they enjoyed napping and "sun" bathing under it. I have a large coop though so it didn't heat up the whole thing, just the small area under it.

    Edited to add: Like ddawn said, mine did not sleep under the lamp at night but went to their roost. It definitely wasn't a necessity! I think maybe mine were spoiled and just liked having their warm spot to nap and sun bath during the day when it was chilly and damp out, and it made me feel better too! Wasn't long before they abandoned it altogether.
     
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  8. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they have been off the inside heat lamp for awhile and the house temp is 68. So... if I don't give them a light, even a 75... they will just sleep together to keep warm, right? If I go out and check on them tonight and they are shivering, I could always plug it in... 40's seems like a rude awakening though! And the hen house is 4X4 and I'm thinking of keeping the vents open all night.... nervous new chicken momma here [​IMG]
     
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  9. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, ok I missed the age part. They are more than ready. No light!
     
  10. BlueBetween

    BlueBetween Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, we'll try no light! Thanks all of you! Wish us luck!
     

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