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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Birdbrain1218, Mar 20, 2018.
At what age chicks stop using the heat lamp
What's your weather outside like?
When their baby fluff is mostly gone then you can start turning it off in the day time but they will not need it for much longer after that
Very cold 25 right now there in house with heat lamp and they 2 weeks old
If they are in the house, you should start turning the lamp off for increasingly longer periods of time. What are you using for a bulb, and what size is their brooder? How many chicks? By the time they are 3 weeks old, they should be off heat completely in the house. depending on your set up, if you have them in a room that can be closed off, you could open the window to chill the room to help acclimate them to outdoor temps.
My chicks are brooded with MHP in a grow out coop. By the time they are 4 - 5 weeks old they have weaned themselves off heat completely, with night time temps dipping into 30's, day time temps 50 - 70.
Use Red Bulb
40”long by 24” box
Thank for the info very helpful
If you are still using a bulb, you can and should step down the wattage.
instead of buying a new light with less wattage, I just raise the height of the one I am currently using. It has yet to warm up in Indiana. My Rhodes are only three weeks. I still have them on heat because of the temps outside, They are in the garage at the moment. I have a lot of work to do on the barn where the coop is.
I have 17 chicks (6 breeds) that are 3 weeks old. They were in the house for 2 weeks with heat lamp for a few days then a heat plate. Now they are in the garage with the heat plate that they can get under. However, they are feathering out well and over the couple of days, I am finding that many of them are roosting on a bar (no heat) throughout the day. They are mostly away from the heat. I have adjusted the heat plate (which warms mostly through them getting close/touching the plate surface with their backs) to be a little higher each time I change the bedding (about every 3 days). They seem fine, and I think I will begin to turn off the heat during the day. It is still pretty cold here (with about 5" of fresh snow on the ground this morning). We do have a wind shield up to protect the chicks when we open the garage. The wind shield is a tall appliance box that we opened up. Look at their feather development and their activity - they will tell you if they are cold, and may even shiver if they cannot find a warm and/or draft-free spot, however, they likely still need some heat at 2 weeks of age.