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When to take heat lamp out?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by newtoducks88, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. newtoducks88

    newtoducks88 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2016
    Hey y'all!

    Our babies are growing so fast. Almost too big for the "brooder", I call it pin. I'm wondering when I take the heat lamp out?

    Our babies are about 3-4 weeks old. Maybe older. They still have their down but I feel like the heat lamp is making it too hot for them?!

    What are some suggestions?
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2014
    Pacific Northwest
    Just raise it up if you can, test it out, if they seem to cold just lower it an inch. Th way I tell people at the feedstore is to have it at a 100 for the fist week and lower it by 5 degrees every week, so your chicks should be around 80ish degrees to keep warm.
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  3. newtoducks88

    newtoducks88 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2016
    Do you think a Tupperware tub is too small for four 4 week old ducklings?
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    Between 3-4 weeks old they need heat at 75-80 and a larger bin because until fully feathered they need to be kept reasonably warm. Some use a kiddy pool and fencing around the outside to keep them in.

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