Originally Posted by OohLaLa
Heat Lamps: I've used one from the start. I have always been very cautious with them and have seen the horrible nightmares of fires and loss when problems come up. I also have the Brinsea chick heater. I love the area range you get from heat lamps with the ability to see all of the chicks and how they are doing. The other day was my first close call with my heat lamp. I checked it the bulb was secure (no I did not over tighten) and set it up in my big brooder pen with all of the shavings. God was watching over his little fool because while I was setting up the feed trough the HOT bulb fell out of its metal collar and into the shavings with an added red ember hitting to. Thankfully I was there and scooped it out of the bedding and put my Girl Scout fire safety training in to action and then unplugged it all. I kept going back to check everything to make sure that I did not miss anything, a pretty big scare sad as now I worry about setting a new one back up or getting a second Brinsea unit.
My turkey jumped onto the lip of the brooder last week, knocked the heat lamp off the rail, the heat lamp fell into the brooder, the bulb broke away from the base and by the time i got to the brooder from raking leaves the shavings were scorched and starting to smoke...yea wish i had a better alternative sometimes.