What age do I stop using a heat lamb on the chicks

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lea, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. lea

    lea Hatching

    Jan 28, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    can someone tell me at what age do i stop using the heat lamp on my chicks? mine turned 4 weeks old yesterday and its 75 fairinhieght in the house

  2. rebel yell

    rebel yell Songster

    Jun 27, 2010
    they should be fine, mine are a little over 2 weeks & they are outside in a brooder with out a light & are doing fine.
  3. Ed62

    Ed62 Songster

    We're pretty new to raising chickens, but ours were 4 - 5 weeks old when we took the heat lamp away. The thermometer I bought proved to be no good, so I just watched them to see if they were staying away from the lamp (too hot), or staying tightly against each other (too cold), to determine if they were comfortable or not. It seemed to work just fine. Good luck.

  4. lea

    lea Hatching

    Jan 28, 2010
    Thanks for the advice,

    I will keep an eye on them to see if the heat lamp is too hot. Thats a good tip.

    Really appreciate the replies.

    Hope all your chickens are well.
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Most chicks fully feather out somewhere around 4 to 5 weeks of age, depending partly on breed and partly on how well they have been fed. In the summer, I usually take the heat light away around 4 weeks but if the nights are cool, I wait until 5 weeks. I raise mine in the coop, not in the house.

    If yours are in the house, I'd take it away at 4 weeks and see what they do. If they huddle together and give a loud plaintive distressful peep, peep, peep, turn the light back on. If they peep a lot but don't huddle, they are scared of the dark but not cold. They'll get over that. Dropping the temperature by 5 degrees every week yours should be fine at 70 to 75 degrees anyway.

    Good luck!

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