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when can u turn off the light at night?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickluver:D, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. chickluver:D

    chickluver:D Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a chick that hatched on feb 9th, and i was wondering when u can turn the light in the brooder off at night?
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  2. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Whenever it's warm enough that they don't need it [​IMG] At 3 weeks they should be at least 75 degrees or so, so if it's that warm wherever they are, you're set.
     
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    You'll know I have two and they started screaming becuase they were cold. I wouldn't turn of the light if the room temp is below 75. I had to move these guys back into the office where it's a comfortable 80.
     
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  4. chickluver:D

    chickluver:D Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh...darn.. my house is like 72 i think. is there like a certin age though?
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  5. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    The "age" that they no longer need controlled temperatures of any sort, such as that provided by a light, is "fully feathered".

    That seems like it falls anywhere between 6 and 8 weeks, but as with anything else when dealing with animals it varies from individual to individual.

    You'll have to see what your chicks tell you. I'd turn your light off during the day -- for a long enough time for the temperature effects to be felt -- when you can observe them and see if they behave as though they're cold. If they don't (and you're sure your house stays a consistent temp; mine doesn't), go ahead and turn it off at night. If they do behave as though they're cold, try it again in a week.

    Be aware that they will cluster a bit the first time they're in the dark. That doesn't necessarily mean they're cold; it means they're scared.
     
  6. chickluver:D

    chickluver:D Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well thats good news. i thought i would wait until she fethers, unless somone said i could turn it off erlerer than that
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