What is your wean off heat lamp schedule?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CowgirlPenny, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2011
    South East TN
    I know everyone has a different opinion about when they are OK without them and of course temperatures outside play into that. I can't even remember when we took the heat lamp away from our hens, it's been two years. I feel like such a first time chick mom sometimes. :p

    But I also got them later in the year. I got our first hens two years ago at the end of Feb so by the time they were a month old, it was spring and there were no more cold nights. It's still pretty cold here at night so I don't think I'll be taking it away at night anytime soon but what about days? We are in TN on warm sunny 60 days, can they go without it for a few hours to begin adjusting to life without it? They are all fully feathered except their heads. They will be 1 month old Thursday. Should I start trying to slowly wean them off it next week, weather permitting?
  2. Muddy

    Muddy Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2009
    I'm still learning myself, and we are only on our third set of chicks, but I'm going mostly by instinct/intuition and what I vaguely remember being told and it's worked out so far. :p

    I'm watching my chicks behaviour around the lamp and waiting for adult feathers. I think by watching them you can often tell what that need. I'm in northern Alabama, so our weather is similar. My chicks were hatched on the 21-22 of January. I'm not quite ready to wean them off the lamp yet, but I can see it's not too far off. I feel like such a new mom watching my chicks grow. Not ready to let them grow up, lol. I remember last time my husband ended up putting them out before I was ready. It was so hard to watch my babies join the grown hens!
  3. I personally have never offered heat after 4 weeks old, give or take a few days. I put my meaties outside at 2 weeks old with a lamp and let them adjust. I live in & have always been in warm climates. San Diego, Phoenix, S Mississippi. Usually at 4 weeks they want to get out & explore & will leave the area of the lamp for hours. It's pretty easy to tell when they don't want it anymore.
  4. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    athens, wv
    i live in southern wv and have done the same thing no heat during the day just at night if the weather was decent. I just use the same idea as if they was in a brooder. if the lights off and decent outside and they ain't hudling up their fine, My grow out pen is just a dog kennel with tarps blocking the wind. As long as the weather is decent by 4-6 weeks they are fine with no heat during the day, just my experience.

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