Sleeping with the lights on

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sab, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. sab

    sab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So .... Chickens go to roost as soon as the sun starts to fade. I have always wondered about chicks being raised with a heat lamp/light bulb always pointed right at them. Every time I check on my chicks they are awake no matter what time of day it is. Seems they don't get a good sound sleep that way. Even with a large contained area, they can't escape the light.

    I recently moved the lamp out all together and started with a heater. They slept like it was the first night of their little lives. I don't think I will ever do that heat lamp/light bulb thing again. I will just go with a heater. Course I don't buy in large quantities. And I have more options for where to keep them as a result.

    It will be interesting to see how fast they grow now that I know they are getting a sound nights sleep.
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I've raised numerous chicks under heat lamps, both white and red lights. I now have EcoGlows. I do like that when I turn the lights out, they sleep and when i turn them on in the morning, they are awake. That said, after years raising them under heat lamps I've never found it to have a long-term detrimental affect on them. As soon as they transition out of the brooder and into the coop, they resume normal light/dark cycles.
     
  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    They will just sleep on and off throughout the day and night.

    They just nap a lot so they get all the sleep they need.
     

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