When can I remove the Heat Lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by k2chickens, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. k2chickens

    k2chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    I was wondering at what age do my chicks no longer need a heat lamp?
     
  2. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

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    when they become fully feathered and can keep their own heat in!

    i think the time it takes to fully feather depend on breed
     
  3. k2chickens

    k2chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    New Castle, Indiana
    Yeah i was hoping I could get an estimated week old age where it would be safe to keep them at room temperature?
     
  4. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    If it is in the 50s and 60s at night I would still keep the heat lamp on but I would raise it up a good 3 feet or more. Just keep raising it up.

    I have 4 week olds and 6 week olds and I left the heat lamp on for the 4 week olds chicks and I noticed that from time to time the 6 week olds would go lay under it and stretch out for awhille. I didnt turn the heat lamp off until it was in the 80's during the day and 60's at night.

    I noticed that when I had turned their heat lamp off that they had been sleeping huddled together in a tight ball, scared to death. I plugged a little night light in and placed each one on the roost. I think I will just keep a night light in there, i dont think they can see at night.
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2009

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