When can I turn of that brooder light?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickfillhay, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. chickfillhay

    chickfillhay Songster

    Dec 31, 2007
    Berlin Nh
    My chicks are 21/2wks old. I live in Florida and they're in the house. When can the light go off. I noticed that when I put them into a smaller box to clean their brooder. They pass out. Right to sleep. There's no light there. I think the darkness was a nice break for them. Will post pix of brooder soon.
  2. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Chicks are not able to keep their body temperature regulated until they are fully feathered out. So, they need you to keep the temperature for them. They are to start out at 95 degrees for the first week and decrease by 5 degrees each week for the first 6 weeks. If it is colder in the evening after the first 6 weeks, they would still need the heat lamp for the nights. Also, even if they don't have a heat lamp, they would still need light. Hope this helps!

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