Sleeping with the lights on

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

  1. sab

    sab Songster

    Jul 28, 2010
    Ripley, WV
    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 Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    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 Crowing

    Oct 24, 2009
    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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