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What age to turn off heat lamps?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Attack Chicken, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    What age do you turn off the brooder lamp for chicks? Mine are almost 2 months old now but the lamp is still on. I think they would be fine without it but my family keeps turning it on at night. Thanks!
     
  2. hooksetz

    hooksetz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Fla. but my biddies (except on really cold nights) go on their own at atleast a month, or when they have nice feather development on their wings, whichever comes first. But at 2 months they are almost ready for the hen house.
     
  3. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    If they are indoors now would be fine.
     
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Chicks don't fully feather in til they are around 10 weeks old, I would still keep a brooder light on them in this crazy weather especially at night.
     
  5. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Yeah they are indoors. The two boys have to find a home soon because they are getting LOUD and better at crowing in the mornings. Once they crow their daddy downstairs crows lol...
     
  6. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    You are supposed to drop the temp by 5 degrees each week until they are fully feathered.Then if you plan to keep them in the house you can shut the light off.If they are to be placed in a cold area,I would suggest having some type of heat source until warmer weather,not hot but warm.If the temp is around 50 and no drafts they should be fine.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  7. BuckeyeDave

    BuckeyeDave Overrun with Buckeyes

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    I really wouldn't worry about them, 2 months they are nearly full grown. They will survive without the lamp or with the lamp.
     
  8. lilbreeches

    lilbreeches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wondered same thing myself. my little guys are outside still with the heat lamp. not sure on age as I got them a week ago from a byc'er, she wasn't sure on age either. they are fully feathered out though. should they still be under heat? it has been cold at night here, around 30 to 40. to heat or not to heat?????? [​IMG]
     
  9. whudson

    whudson Out Of The Brooder

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    I've had mine in the house since hatch, but now that they are 5 weeks old, they STINK!

    They're in the laundry room, so I can shut the door and it doesn't stink up the house, but their life consists of eating and pooping.

    I'm ready to put them in the garage.

    It is still getting below freezing occasionally. Will they be okay in the garage with a heat lamp when it's 25-30F outside?
     
  10. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Quote:They would do just fine in a garage with a heat lamp on them, I'm getting ready to put some 5 week olds out to the garage myself in a large brooder. I am going to put two lamps on them tho incase one would happen to go out. Make sure no drafts on them, thats the killer as they get chilled easy. It's still bitter cold here, I want Spring!!!
     

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