New baby chicks at night time

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Toi-toi, May 12, 2010.

  1. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello:) I just bought 6 speckled sussex today. They are not my first time chicken but I've never had baby chicks so I have a question to ask...
    What you do during night time???
    I know they have to be warm but if I keep heat lamp on, are they able to sleep???
     
  2. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, in fact they will go to sleep while eating or drinking or running across the brooder.

    They will need to be kept warm. Some use a red light. I used a plain 90 watt light bulb; found they got too hot with a heat lamp on my enclosed porch.

    Good luck with your babes! [​IMG]
     
  3. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's good to know! Thanks [​IMG]
    Some time I see they are sitting down and closed their eyes. I thought they are sick but I guess they are sleeping.
     
  4. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, they were sleeping. Mine would go to sleep just standing there and eventually fall face forward into the bedding. [​IMG] Really got this first time chickie mom's heart to pounding! [​IMG]
     
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  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Many report that the red bulbs are more soothing for night time, so that's all I used, night and day. Most pet supply stores carry smaller wattage bulbs in the reptile area.
     
  6. hipeatall

    hipeatall Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    congrats on your new chicks [​IMG]
     
  7. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can tell if your chicks are too cold or too hot if you watch them and listen to them. If they are cold the peep loudly and stay close together. If they are to hot they move far from the light. You want to see that they are scattered in the brooder and are quitely chearping.
     
  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The advantage of a red (infrared) heat lamp over the regular, incandescent (white) lights is the red allows the chicks to sleep at night better. AND it obscurs any little pecked blood spots; if somebody draws blood in the pecking order games, the others can obsess about it and keep pecking at it, injuring each other.
     
  9. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you use the red heat lamps be extra carefull. I have had two fires from them.
     
  10. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh wow, tons of good info!
    Thanks everyone!
    I just joined the BYC today and I like here already [​IMG]
     

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