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anyone tried a sweeter heater instead of brooder bulb arrangement?

post #1 of 18
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I am considering a Sweeter Heater purchase for my chick brooder box and later on my coop to keep the water from freezing.  Anyone have any feedback?

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post #2 of 18

I would go for a Brinsea EcoGlo unit for the brooder, instead.  It's designed for that purpose.  And is less expensive.

However, I don't think it will be useful as a water warmer or coop heater.

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post #3 of 18

I had never heard of it so I just looked it up. Looks like a great idea to me!big_smile I just bought a ceramic heat emitter for my upcoming brood or I would have gotten one of them!

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post #4 of 18

They show one of their units being used as a chick brooder, right on their website:

http://www.sweeterheater.com/bizweb.asp

You would need to secure it really well so it couldn't fall down and crush the chicks underneath, though.

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by gryeyes 

I would go for a Brinsea EcoGlo unit for the brooder, instead.  It's designed for that purpose.  And is less expensive.

However, I don't think it will be useful as a water warmer or coop heater.


Do you mean you don't think the sweeter heater would be good for coop heating, or the ecoglo?

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post #6 of 18

Mine in use.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41679_brnleghorn2-28.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41679_whatsoverthere.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41679_keepingwarm.jpg

And I was suggesting the EcoGlow wouldn't be suitable for coop or water warming, sorry I didn't make that more clear.

-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #7 of 18
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look at those happy babies!  It seems like a safer option to a bulb with my kids around.  I hope it works well!

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post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by gryeyes 

Mine in use.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41679_brnleghorn2-28.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41679_whatsoverthere.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41679_keepingwarm.jpg

And I was suggesting the EcoGlow wouldn't be suitable for coop or water warming, sorry I didn't make that more clear.


How many chicks can get under that? The site says 20 chicks or ducklings, I have about 30ish coming (you know, chicken math). Think it would be ok? I don't want to buy 2, otherwise I think I will go with the ceramic lamp.

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post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by elmo 

They show one of their units being used as a chick brooder, right on their website:

http://www.sweeterheater.com/bizweb.asp

You would need to secure it really well so it couldn't fall down and crush the chicks underneath, though.


It looks like they have eye-hooks in each side and it's hanging- so you could adjust it!

I'm intrigued.

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post #10 of 18

Ooooohh! And you'll notice the various sizes and wattages used...it would save a ton of money from the 250W bulbs I use.

Smaller carbon footprint is always a good thing.

http://www.sweeterheater.com/page2.asp

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