Not Your Average Temp Question for Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Brian, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Brian

    Brian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are now 6 weeks old, and have been living out in their large hen house for the last two weeks. Inside (the 8x10 room which is their coop) I have set up cardboard walls and a low ceiling, so that their heat lamps could keep the warm close in...a transitional brooding area, if you will.

    Nowadays they spend much of the day no where near the lamp (though they do always sleep under it at night). With night time temps around 32 degrees, I realize the heat lamps are still necessary for many more weeks. But, during the day??? Do they need the lamp on during the day? Typical day time temps are high 40's of late.

    When do I turn the lamp off during the day, and when is it OK to turn it off at night. Age 12 weeks would be my guess. Your thoughts?
     
  2. Cheryl

    Cheryl Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think they need about 65 degrees about now...so maybe keep the warmth available for a bit longer!
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Brian, I think they need the lamp a little longer. When the days are getting up near 60 you can turn it off during the day. With day temps in the 40's you risk their getting a chill which could lead to illness.
     
  4. Brian

    Brian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all [​IMG]
     

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