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post #1 of 11
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Should I use a Heat Lamp or a Infared light for my brooder? Please explain your answer, thanks.

post #2 of 11
I think inferred lamp
Because it isn't as bright of a light.
Red is a warmer colour and it is different
And it is easier to see where it is because the area is red.
I think the chicks are attracted to it more for these reasons.
Edited by ChickenGrass - 12/16/16 at 1:29am
I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
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I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
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post #3 of 11

I would use neither.  Both are a harsh and un-natural heating method compared to this:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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post #4 of 11

There's also the brooders made by companies such as Brinsea, for example, that do the same job. I use one (not Brinsea) and find it does a great job. 

"The whole problem of the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell
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"The whole problem of the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell
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post #5 of 11
I have a 2 brinsea heat pads and another one.
The two brinsea are for 25 chicks and the other one is for 50 chicks.
Eletric hens are the best I never used heat lamp
I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
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I breed and show
Gold partridge pekin bantam
Coronation Sussex bantam
Barbu d'Anver quail colour
Black bantam silkie
Cream legbar
Rouen ducks
Reply
post #6 of 11

Yep, Brinsea is an option:  their smaller model:  

SKU: USHD500
Dimensions: 16x3x11
Weight: 3.00
In stock
Regular Price: $94.99
On Sale For: $84.99
 

 

versus:  a bit of red/neck or MacGuyver ingenuity and SunbeamXPress XL for less than 1/2 the price.  

 

https://www.amazon.com/Sunbeam-2013-912-Xpress-Microplush-Heating/dp/B005NZ66KU/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1481895833&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=sunbeam%2Bheating%2Bpad&th=1


Edited by lazy gardener - 12/16/16 at 5:45am

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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post #7 of 11
I'm a fan of the brooder plate, too - works great for chicks and ducklings. I started with a heat lamp and won't use one again after using the brooder plate.

Absque sudore et labore nullum opus perfectum est

 

 

Proudly raising: Muscovies; a Runner, a Pekin, and their mixed offspring; various breeds of dual-purpose chickens including American Bresse and French Black Copper Marans; and several rabbit breeds.

 

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Absque sudore et labore nullum opus perfectum est

 

 

Proudly raising: Muscovies; a Runner, a Pekin, and their mixed offspring; various breeds of dual-purpose chickens including American Bresse and French Black Copper Marans; and several rabbit breeds.

 

unabashed logophile | mad zymurgist | compulsive philomath | pro-Oxford comma

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post #8 of 11

I would use the Mama brooder heater.They get to experience natural day time,And less of a fire hazard.

Five Red Junglefowl,Ten Easter Eggers,Two African Geese,Three Fawn and White Runners and Four Rouen's.
 
 
~Isaac 
 
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Five Red Junglefowl,Ten Easter Eggers,Two African Geese,Three Fawn and White Runners and Four Rouen's.
 
 
~Isaac 
 
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by lazy gardener View Post
 

I would use neither.  Both are a harsh and un-natural heating method compared to this:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update

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There's also the brooders made by companies such as Brinsea, for example, that do the same job. I use one (not Brinsea) and find it does a great job. 

+1 on either, although the DYI MHP costs only 1/5th as much.

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and some really prolific oak trees!

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D.gif  ~ ACORN ACRES in South Cackalacky jumpy.gif

 

Seven Easter Eggers, a Black Australorp, 1 Cuckoo Marans, An old Production Red,

and some really prolific oak trees!

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post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by ChickenGrass View Post

I think inferred lamp
Because it isn't as bright of a light.
Red is a warmer colour and it is different
And it is easier to see where it is because the area is red.
I think the chicks are attracted to it more for these reasons.


There re pros and cons to whatever you use.  I think the IFR gives a better light for the babies to sleep at night which might be a consideration.  I also have the Brinsea heater which is super. The babies can go under it.  You don't have to keep a light on, but it doesn't hold as many as it says and the babies, unless bantams, quickly outgrow it.  It can be placed on it's side if that happens and still provide heat.  Usually the babies like to jump on it getting poop on it hat needs to be cleaned off although I did make some disposable covers to use when that happens.

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