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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by floral, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. floral

    floral Just Hatched

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    Hello from Michigan! I'm a new owner of chickens and ducks. Adopted 3 pekin ducks,2 years old and 2 Rhode Island Red roosters. I have 24 Rhode Island Red chicks and 6 pekin ducklings all are 1 month old. When can I remove the heat lamps from brooding pen? It still gets chilly here at night 30-40 degrees and I don't want eremove them too soon
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    You could remove the heat lamp now, or if you just want to be sure you can remove it at 5 weeks. They'll feather out faster if you remove it now
     
  3. floral

    floral Just Hatched

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    I didn't know they would feather out faster! Good to know thank you.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, floral, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! I think the standard on removing heat is when the birds are fully feathered. But I know a lot of people remove heat (in warmer climates with not-too-chilly overnight lows) at 3 weeks or sooner. I think a lot depends on the coop set up - is it cozy and draft-free? Nice bedding on the floor? I don't want to steer you wrong but I think 4 weeks and they should be good to go if those conditions are met.
    As a new poultry owner you might like to read up own the vast array of articles in the Learning Center here - they will set you well on your way to a successful journey with your flock: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    And here are a couple duck links - for great articles on ducks: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index
    And for questions about your quackers you can ask here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks
    Finally, if you'd like to chat with fellow MI poultry peeps, find your state thread here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread
    Best wishes to you and your flock and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
     
  5. floral

    floral Just Hatched

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    Yes pen is draft free and chicks have about 80-85 % of feathers and ducklings are getting some feathers in on wings and tails. I will check out the articles on them thank you
     
  6. floral

    floral Just Hatched

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    Forgot to say that I'm putting cedar shavings down for bedding. Was thinking of putting straw down too
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Cedar is said to be toxic to chickens - pine is recommended. [​IMG]
     
  8. floral

    floral Just Hatched

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    Omg I'm kinda brain dead today lol. It's cedar shavings not pine
     
  9. floral

    floral Just Hatched

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    Not cedar pine ugh! Not thinking straight lol
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] don't feel badly, my brain is always on vacation. Too little sleep and not enough ice cream (for sure).
     
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