When to remove duck's heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by secuono, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. secuono

    secuono Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Had 3 of my ducks for 2 weeks, 3 others for 1 week. They are getting big and it's getting warm out. It's 75watts on one side of the 4x4ft brooder. I removed the 'pool' all together, they were making a MASSIVE mess. So they are no longer getting soaked. I am always finding them sleeping away from the light, it's 2ft in the air and they are 1.5-2ft or more away from it.

    Can I turn it off during the day only or can I get rid of it all together??
  2. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
    Amarillo, TX

    I was going to ask the same thing about mine.
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Try it and see how they go during the day if these are inside ducks - but if they are housed outside it would be a risk to turn the heat off too soon.. They will huddle right into a corner or peep alot if they are cold. But if they still just sleep spread out not right on top of each other they may well be warm enough. One week is very young to no longer have a light. So you really should keep it on for them at night for a while longer. I usually have the light on a for up to a week after they no longer need it during the day just to make sure they are fine. I generally have 10 - 12 ducklings in a group- much easier for them to help keep each other warm when there is a larger group, and I never turn off a light in the first three weeks.
  4. secuono

    secuono Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Changed their brooder to a plastic top from a 4ft xmas tree box. The water was going through the 4ft brooder and messing the floor up!
    The room is very warm, a 40g tank is in there plus the 15 or so baby chicks are in there, too. I will turn the light off before I go to work and turn it back on at night for 2 weeks, then leave it off.

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