Originally Posted by jak2002003
Why don't you just move the brooder to a different room then you won't see the light at night. The warmth is the most important thing at NIGHT not in the day, as this is the time when they are less active and not making so much body heat.
Sorry but it sounds like you don't really care about you chicks, more about your sleep. It will take very little effort to give them a lamp bulb for a day or 2 until you can go buy a new red one.
There are 4 of us living in a 900 sqft house. Unless I want to put the kitchen table outside, there literally isn't anywhere else to put the brooder. It's 4'x3' footprint, so it's not like I can just put it anywhere.
Now, regarding the comment that I don't care about my animals? Anyone who knows me would just have to laugh at that. If I didn't care, I wouldn't be on this forum. And while it isn't pertinent to chickens, I've been involved with two animal rescues for years, one of which I helped found and work with full time. My first rescue was when I was 11 or 12 years old. Of course I care about them. What about those folks who said they have their birds in a coop at 3 weeks? Why is that ok, while me keeping birds of the same age inside, and still providing heat, means I don't care about their health? Scratching my head a bit with that one.
They were fine overnight with the 50w bulb, and are busy eating and scratching away in their shavings for treats right now, so it looks like the heat downgrade suited them fine. The store we got the bulb from is 30 miles in the wrong direction, so not having to make that extra trip is a relief!