New to chickens

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by slinky62, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. slinky62

    slinky62 New Egg

    Mar 14, 2013
    Hi all, I'm new to chickens and I have 8 3 week old Cochins and was wondering how long they need a heat lamp for. I appreciate the feedback. Thanks, Ana
  2. hungry

    hungry Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2013
    Grayson County, Texas
    Also new to chickens but what I've read is that you want to target temperatures of 95 degrees (f) on day one and drop that by about 5 degrees per week (so 90, 85, 80, 75, etc) until they are fully feathered.

    The distance from the lamp to the birds is the easiest temperature control, assuming they are in a house with a thermostat. So you would move the lamp a little further away each week.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2013
  3. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2012
    Every one does it differently, but the advice I followed is that you are supposed to reduce the temp by five degrees a week until it is the same as the temp in the room or area you are brooding them or until they are feathered out. Once they are feathered out they are pretty well insulated.
  4. slinky62

    slinky62 New Egg

    Mar 14, 2013
    Thank you, that seems to be the consensus.

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