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Heat lamps for newbie

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Hi everyone. I am new to baby chicks. I have my infra red heat lamp set up over my babies. But i am worried about my son burning himself by touching it. The light i have does not have a guard. Am i able to put some chicken wire around it somehow to guard it? I have tried searching it but got no results.
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Chicken wire would probably be fine - but if you are very worried you might consider a brooder plate instead of a heat lamp. The Brinsea EcoGlow 20 would be one great example of a brooder plate. You can't burn yourself on it, it uses less than 1/10th of the electricity, it allows the chicks to have a natural light cycle instead of 24/7 light, and best of all it can't ever start a brooder fire. I know I sound like some kind of salesman for Brinsea, but I swear, I got one for a present this past Christmas and it's probably one of the best presents I've ever received. I'm planning on getting myself a 50 Chick version the minute I can get my hands on the money for it.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Thanks for the reply. These will be my only lot of babies. I looked into it but it was a bit pricey for 3 baby chicks.
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How about this then?  Been working for me and lots of other people for a long time!

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update

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Mmm interesting. Thanks for the idea.
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How about this then?  Been working for me and lots of other people for a long time!

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update

That's a fine design you got there. I almost mentioned heat pads, but it's very hard to find a heat pad that doesn't have an auto-off feature these days.

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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That's a fine design you got there. I almost mentioned heat pads, but it's very hard to find a heat pad that doesn't have an auto-off feature these days.

You are right there!  Sunbeam has two models that fit the bill.  One, the one I use, has a button for keeping it on continuously, and digital controls from 1- 6 which I like for making small temperature changes. The one that @henless  found doesn't even have the auto-off feature, which is nice, it turns itself back on to the last setting after a power interruption, but only has low, medium and high for settings.  I found the small Sunbeam one which I use at Walmart.  You have to read the box and make sure that it has the capability of staying on but it's nice to have.  The larger one I use I got from Amazon.  

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