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Old enough to remove heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tanyizzle, May 9, 2011.

  1. tanyizzle

    tanyizzle In the Brooder

    Apr 17, 2011
    Saratoga County, NY
    We don't know exactly how old these guys are, anyone have a guess? We've had them 3+ weeks. Do they look old enough to take the heat lamp away? We've already raised it up a bit from where it was originally.


    I'm not sure why they're sideways [​IMG]

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I'm gonna guess that they are about 3+ weeks old. Were they little balls of fluff when you got them?

    They should be at about 75-80*F. I'd leave the light on for about another week. Then turn it off if they are in a warm room temperature, draft free room.

  3. Kbagwell1

    Kbagwell1 Chirping

    Mar 14, 2011
    Augusta, GA
    My chicks stay in the brooder, under the heat lamp until they are fully feathered. Then they get to go to their outdoor coop!! [​IMG]
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    They should be fully feathered before their heat lamp is completely removed (unless you live in a tropical climate, lol).

    I think they are around 3 weeks old. They must have been completely new when you got them, IMO.

    The standard chick care recommendations are:
    90-95 degrees under the heat lamp for the first week of life
    decrease by 5 degrees per week until fully feathered, which usually happens around 6 weeks of age.

    If your climate is nice and warm, you can adjust this.

    They need to be able to get away from the heat.

    By the way, their heads need to have feathers on them for them to be considered fully feathered.
    Last edited: May 9, 2011
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:AND under their folded wings, too. No pin feather patches on the body, even hidden.
  6. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Songster

    Jan 7, 2011
    Crazyville, USA
    Mine are 6 weeks today and I took the heat out yesterday. They are much more feathered than those guys so I would recommend waiting another week or two unless you have them indoors where the temp is fairly normal! Good luck with your babies!

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