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Weaning the chicks off the heat lamp/Light.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wilhiteranch, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. wilhiteranch

    wilhiteranch In the Brooder

    May 22, 2011
    I turned off the lamp the other night to see what they would do and they freaked. They all ran to the other side of the brooder and chirped a weird chirp. They are 4 weeks old and my house stays about 73-74. WHen can I start to wean them so when they go out in the coop they are not scared of the dark [​IMG]

  2. Lesa

    Lesa Songster

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I doubt they were afraid of the dark! Perhaps they were cold or startled by the change...I usually put the lamp in the coop for night, for awhile- but our nights are chilly.
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    I started taking the lamp away during the day. Mine freak at night too, but they settle down after a while.
  4. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Songster

    Jul 20, 2010
    Half Way, Missouri
    Total darkness would FREAK them out if they are used to 24/7 light. To help wean I alway switch to a 40 watt bulb or so in the brooder light. it seems to work pretty well.
  5. jtr

    jtr Chirping

    May 6, 2011
    Quote:agree i do that to other than i use a little red chirstmas tree light so its the same color. my 5 week olds are in a metal trough outside and it dips down to lower 50s at night still here so your 4 week olds will be fine in the house with out the light when its in the 70s or 60s
  6. stcroixusvi

    stcroixusvi Songster

    May 5, 2011
    Western NC
    My Coop
    I put a night light in the area that goes on automatically. Seemed to settle them down.

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