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Should I put a heat lamp on

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by crzychicken, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. crzychicken

    crzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I'm new to this chicken thing so I have 26 8 week old chicks, which I have (7 )bantams 2 barred rock banty 5 silkies. the rest are RIR,EE's Doms,Red Star, Leghorn,Astrops (sorry for the spelling I'm sure it's not correct)

    Do they need heat. It will be freezing temps tonight, they have been out for 5 weeks they only had the heat lamp first 2 days when they first went into the outside coop which is 5X6 . I think they will be alright but not sure, I did put straw in and they have 3" of shavings. Should I put a heat light on for them or not ?
    Thanks
    Jody
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    It wouldn't hurt them to have a light. That way the smaller ones won't get mashed by the bigger ones, if they decide to pile up to get warm. You could put it in the corner, so they could get under if they need it.
     
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    At only 8 weeks old, they need the heat lamp for sure. They full feather about 8 - 10 weeks but are still small. I would have a heat lamp for them if it is below 50 personally.
     
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Where are you that its FREEZING already?!?

    I'd definitely put a heat lamp on them in freezing temps. I put heat lamps on for my adults when its gets below freezing too....
     
  5. crzychicken

    crzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the insight. I will put a heat lamp on for them. I justed didn't want them to get use to it and than be cold in the winter. I planned to use a light when the temps went down around 28-30 inside the coop. I also have a heated water base for their water does that give off any heat ?

    Jody
     
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I would also put a heat lamp in there. I would keep a heat lamp for a while longer, only at night though.
     
  7. crzychicken

    crzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live near NH boarder in Mass it was 28 last night here
     

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