When can meatie chicks go without heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by cmchickens, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. cmchickens

    cmchickens Chirping

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    At what age do you generally stop giving your meatie chicks supplemental heat? Night time lows around here are usually the mid to low fifties.
     

  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

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    How old are the chicks?? Have they begun to feather out?
     
  3. cmchickens

    cmchickens Chirping

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    They're only a week old now. Just little feathers on the wings and tail. Not close to ready yet. I don't remember when the last batch feathered out enough to go without the lamp.
     
  4. phalenbeck

    phalenbeck Songster

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    My 2 week meat birds have smaller heat lamp nights only. 3 weeks is my no light time assuming moderate climate We 80 days and 55-60 nights. Most folks go longer than I do. Smaller heat lamps are found at fish and snake/lizard stores.
     

  5. bowhunter862

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    3-3 1/2 weeks and my brooder comes out of the coop.
     

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