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Using light bulb for heating

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Hi there,
I have been using a 60-watt light bulb for my brooder heating. The chicks are 4 weeks old now and come and go under the light bulb as they please. The bulb stays on 24/7. Since i dont check up on the chicks all the time, i wanted to ask if the constant light from the bulb would cause any sleep deprivation to the kids?
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Yes.

Many people do as you do but like all animals, they need a light and dark period each day.

I keep the lights on for about the first 3 days because they sleep so much, they'll sleep through it but when they wake up day or night, they should have food and water available.

I use ceramic heat emitters rather than light so I can give them 8 hours of darkness.

You may be able to do the same wrapping the bulb with aluminum foil.

If they're indoors, they probably don't need the heat at all any more.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 3

Electric hen works for me, it emits no light, low electricity consumption, low risk of fire  and the chicks love it 

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