The chicks come in at night... can I lose the heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by scullybird, May 5, 2009.

  1. scullybird

    scullybird Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2009
    Corvallis, OR
    Hi! This is my first post... and my first flock. We are very happywith our girls, and are nearly finished with their coop. The run is complete, not the coop-proper.

    Our flock of five (barred rock, leghorn, RR, and two black stars) are 5 1/2 weeks now. They're fully feathered, except in spaces like inner thighs and under the wings.

    We started putting them outside during the day a week ago, when temps are above 55. They love it, and do not seem unduly affected by being outside.

    They are brought back in for the evening and night. The indoor house temperature is usually 70-75.

    Do they still need the heat lamp? Is the ambient home temp warm enough for them, now?

    Thanks for any input!
  2. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    70-75 is just the right temperature for 5 week-olds, so I think you'll be fine. They really do love it outside, don't they? Mine moved out to the coop at 2 weeks old with heat lamps with temps in the 30s, and got to go outside at about 4 weeks and they LOVED it from the first day and never looked back. Good luck with yours!
  3. noitulover

    noitulover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2009
    Central Virginia
    i think as long as they're warm at night, they should be fine!
  4. karen71

    karen71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Bear, DE

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