When to discontinue the heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by grullablue, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Madison, Wisconsin
    My RIR and BA chicks are 8 weeks old now, full feathered, and miniature versions of the adults. Very cute! They are in the coop now, however still have the option to sleep under the heat lamp if they so choose. I'm wondering if I can pull it out now. Our temps are around 50 during the day, 28-30 at night. They have been in the coop for about 3 weeks now, and were brooded in the insulated, but unheated garage. They all look happy, very active.

    Should I continue to use the heat lamp, at least at night, for a little while, until the nighttime temps creep up a little more? Or do ya think they're ok, since they're fully feathered, 8 weeks, and used to being out there? The coop is 8x12, insulated, and not drafty. Well bedded with pine shavings. I rarely see them use it, but then I'm not out there in the middle of the night either!

    Thanks for any input....I haven't had chicks outside this early before....so never had to worry about the temps!

  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    If they are fully feathered they will be just fine without the heat lamp.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    B. Saffles Farms :

    If they are fully feathered they will be just fine without the heat lamp.

    I agree.​

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