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150 watt vs 250 watt?

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We're going to be getting 3 baby chicks in the spring and I'm wondering if I really need the 250 watt? The first week or two they will be in a spare bedroom for easy and frequent access. After that we will move them to a draft-free basement.

http://www.randallburkey.com/150-watt-red-infrared-bulb.html

http://www.randallburkey.com/250-watt-red-infrared-bulb.html
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Originally Posted by jwebb418 View Post

We're going to be getting 3 baby chicks in the spring and I'm wondering if I really need the 250 watt? The first week or two they will be in a spare bedroom for easy and frequent access. After that we will move them to a draft-free basement.

http://www.randallburkey.com/150-watt-red-infrared-bulb.html

http://www.randallburkey.com/250-watt-red-infrared-bulb.html

For three chicks I would use 25-50 watt red bulbs.
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Why not try the heating pad system of brooding instead of the old fashioned heat light? It's ideal for just a few chicks like you're planning, as well as larger numbers.

 

I brooded two batches of chicks under this system this year and the second batch was just three chicks.The heating pad is fastened to a wire frame and during the first week, it's situated very low over the backs of the babies. As the babies grow, you raise the frame incrementally as their heat needs decline, as well as reducing the heat setting. It's practically fool proof, and you can brood right outside in the coop or run in any temperature, even below freezing. The chicks warm up as they need it under the pad and the rest of the time, they're running around having fun. Mine had an entire pen in the run in which to grow up right next to the adult flock. Integration later on was a breeze since the chicks grew up in proximity to the rest of the flock.

 

Take a look at the thread on this forum, "Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder".

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Awesome! I have that heating pad already for my frozen feet. That's going to save us money, thank you!
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Heating pad is the way to go.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/pseudo-brooder-heater-plate

 

I do still use a light for the first day or two during the day,100 watt red bulb on a dimmer switch to adjust heat output, so I can get a good look at them and make sure they are eating, drinking and moving well....at night I shove coerce them under the heating pad to sleep in the dark.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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