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Heat lamp or Brinsea EcoGlow brooder?

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I have always used a heat lamp in my brooder, but this new EcoGlow has intrigued me in terms of potential safety, electrical efficiency, and healthy heat for the chicks. The product reviews are great, but I would rather have input from unbiased sources. Has anyone out there used one of these? If so, how did it perform for you? I'm looking at the 20-chick model, and will be brooding the chicks indoors in late May.

Any input would be definitely appreciated! :)

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I use a heat lamp and have never had any trouble I have raised at least 3 of my batches of chicks with a heat lamp the first batch had 5 chicks the second batch had 8 and this current one I have 8 again but will soon be about 18, never had any trouble with them exploding or anything. A lot of people though like the Brinsea because it costs less to run but I think it is a little expensive for what I would need it for, but there is no way it can light anything on fire because it has a gentler heat, not as hot or direct as a heat lamp, plus the chicks can be right on it and not worry about singed down.

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Non-lamp based heat sources have definite advantages - from safety to allowing for a day/night cycle for the birds.  If the brooder plates seem cost prohibitive, you might consider using a "Mama heating pad" version - @Blooie has a great thread on them here on BYC....all the benefits of a non light based heat source and way less cost.

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I have always used a heat lamp in my brooder, but this new EcoGlow has intrigued me in terms of potential safety, electrical efficiency, and healthy heat for the chicks. The product reviews are great, but I would rather have input from unbiased sources. Has anyone out there used one of these? If so, how did it perform for you? I'm looking at the 20-chick model, and will be brooding the chicks indoors in late May.

Any input would be definitely appreciated! :)


   I have and use both.  Both have their advantages and disadvantages as others have stated.  The Brinsea allows the chicks a day night cycle and is inexpensive to use, but it can't be for as many chicks as stated.  They quickly outgrow it and it is fairly expensive to purchase.

       The heat lamp  (again, I've used both clear and red.  Right now I['m using a heat lamp for ducklings.)   can take care of more peeps, and costs less to buy. 

   Sometimes the peeps roost on the eco glo and it needs to be cleaned daily (even with taping shelving paper to it.)

   Usually with chickens or bantams I start with the eco glo and as the get larger and go into a bigger brooder I switch to a heat lamp.  Both have their place.

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