when can I kill the light?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aladatrot, May 5, 2009.

  1. aladatrot

    aladatrot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    My ducklings and their packing peanuts are all still doing great. I ended up losing one packing peanut a couple of weeks back, but no other casualties. They are about 3 weeks old now and hardly use their light at all. When can I kill it for good? I must say that I've been a bit nervous of having a 250 watt bulb running non stop in my barn all this time.

  2. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Where do you live? The temp without it is whats important. During the day here it has been very warm/hot so I have been turning my light off. I turn it on at night but put a 100 watt bulb in instead. Mine are 3 1/3 weeks and doing great.
  3. Luvducks

    Luvducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    I know - I put a 100 watt bulb in mine because the 250 was so hot. Just put it closer to the ducks. Then went down to a 60 watter.

    You do not need the 250 now. Really depends on the temp in your barn.

    I put my ducks outside at four weeks. At night i locked them in a dog box with hay. They are doing fine. Temperatures were 40 - 45 at night.
    Now they go in the box to sleep on their own.

    I do not blame you for worrying about the 250 watt bulb in the barn. I would kill it. Someone on here wrote that their ducks starting feathering faster after they got rid of the light. I noticed this with mine also. I do not want them to be cold but they huddle and have plenty of hay.
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    for me it depends also on how many chicks I am trying to wean at once. I usually put a cardboard "barn" in their cage, deeply bedded with bermuda hay. If there are enought chicks they go in there at night and just snuggle and keep eachother warm. I throw a blanket over the cage at night also to cut drafts. If it is going to be cold, which is a relative term, I know, I will bring them back in at night and put them under a 75 watt bulb for the night only.
  5. aladatrot

    aladatrot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Thanks for the replies. Temps here are approaching 90 during the day, and low 80s at night. It was 84 this morning when I left the barn at 9am. I'm thinking that my ducklings will be fine from what I'm reading. Here on the texas gulf coast, we are done with cool nights now.

    Thanks again!
  6. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    By all means get rid of the light! Ducks do better in cooler weather than they do in heat, the bigger the bird the better to deal with cool weather.

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