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Has anyone tried one of those sweeter heaters? 

http://www.sweeterheater.com/

 

No, thanks for the link.

 

I think I like the idea of an 18watt Brinsea over the 32watt Sweeter Heater though.  The Brinsea is also cheaper.  Now, if I were raising more than a dozen at a time or so the Sweeter Heater would certainly be something to consider.

usually have between 20 and 50 chickens
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anyone tried one of those reptile elements that screws into a light socket?
 

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I use a brinsea myself but also a lamp as I find the 20 inadequate but I use ceramic lamps as they are designed to tolerate more then glass infrared lamps

The reason the glass prob exploded was the change in outside temps on the glass stressing it

Ceramic stands up to changes better


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5 Red Star, 1 Speckledy, 3 Col Blacktails, 3 White Star [Leghorn]  1 Amber Star - All Hybrid Pullets, 1 French Copper Marans - Roo, 2 Lavender Araucanas - Roos, 3 Cream Legbars - 2 Pullets & 1 Roo

 

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I really don't know how water could have hit the bulb. The baby box is 56 x 29, with the light/heat bulb on one side and the water on the other.

 

With the Brinsea, do you have to adjust the height to accommodate the chicks growth? If yes, how often?

 

Is it easy to clean?

 

Do I understand this right: the Brinsea 'only' generates heat no light?

 

The reason why I am asking:

 

Our baby box is completely made out of wood, with a 10 x 40 window in the top - covered with mesh, depending on the outside temps closed with a layer of styrofoam. This unit sits on rolls in the unheated garage, as a back up for power outage it is connected via pipes with our radiant heat, so that the peeps still sit warm from the bottom in case of.......

Therefrom the only light source is the heat lamp.


Edited by Kraeuterelfe - 12/4/12 at 1:55pm
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I have the hard glass bulb type -- they have bumpy faces.  Like this one only mine are red:  http://www.qcsupply.com/260010-15-philips-heat-bulb-175-watt.html?utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=CP2xgejOg7QCFQY5nAodHFcAFg  I was told this type is more durable and less likely to shatter.

 

The only reason I didn't get a Brinsea is that I don't want to be limited by their 50-degree minimum ambient temperature.  Those are meant to be used in a heated home, not an outbuilding.  And no, it doesn't generate any light so you'd still need a bulb.


Edited by debid - 12/5/12 at 7:55am
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This is crazy. This is 3 years to the date someone first posted this thread and the same thing happened to me. I was getting ready to post to see if this has ever happened to anyone else and I found this first.

 

The light bulb in my girls' coop exploded last night. Shards of glass everywhere. Luckily, and quite surprisingly no injuries (that I can see). It's been raining for 3 days and there is no leak. I guess some rain blew through their ventilation windows. Note to self: Turn off light when there is rain forecasted. I may not use one at all from now on. Scary stuff. 

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This is crazy. This is 3 years to the date someone first posted this thread and the same thing happened to me. I was getting ready to post to see if this has ever happened to anyone else and I found this first.

 

The light bulb in my girls' coop exploded last night. Shards of glass everywhere. Luckily, and quite surprisingly no injuries (that I can see). It's been raining for 3 days and there is no leak. I guess some rain blew through their ventilation windows. Note to self: Turn off light when there is rain forecasted. I may not use one at all from now on. Scary stuff. 

 

That would be the best bet, get rid of it.   The risks vastly outweigh any supposed benefits.


 

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post #18 of 18
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Does anybody have great/not so good experiences with heat lamps? Any recommendations? What companies to stay away from?

 

Thanks!

 

Glad to hear such a happy end to something I always frowned upon in most cases.

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am subject to -40º weather l live in Canada think North Pole. I  have been keeping chickens and birds for decades.

 

Your best practice I find is to not be too concerned about winterizing or heating your coop to help your birds combat the cold.

 

       Predator proofing "ABSOLUTELY".

 

Your efforts should be spent in winterizing your birds and letting them acclimatize to their surroundings.

This is done by feeding them whole corn if available or cracked corn as an added supplement in a separate feeder.

 

The extra nourishment  is more then adequate to bring them through the                          

                      "COLDEST" winter.

 

Do keep an eye open for birds that maybe not be adapting well to the new menu and may be at the lower end of the pecking order they can sometimes run into problems and may need extra TLC.

 

That being said in a perfect world the flock will flourish and do just fine .

 

I do not add any extra heat or lighting.

Egg production does slack off but I have more than enough eggs for the table all winter long (24 hens).

 

Some people may disagree with my method but it has worked well for me and I am not about to change.

 

I look at it in the same light as winterizing your car.

 

You really do

 

                           "NOT"

 

 

have to winterize your car if you can keep it in a controlled environment at all times otherwise you are in for

 

                         "MAJOR" problems.

 

When it comes to lighting if you find you are short on eggs it does apparently help. I personally do not bother in my operation eggs are sold only to neighbours when they are available (if the sign is out I have eggs). Eggs in my operation have a tendency to crack and freeze during the winter months (we do not discard them and are fine  but use them in house not for sale) the more eggs you produce during these months the more eggs will fall into this category.

 

 I have roughly 24 Golden Comet hens the longest I ever been out of eggs can be measured in hours >12<24. You will find that the egg supply in any hen is a finite resource the quicker you milk the eggs out of a hen the faster it will be spent and end up in your stew pot.

 

On average one hen produces somewhere between 600 to 700 eggs in its life time. Lighting only effect the speed of delivery of the eggs which at the end of the day would amount to less than a year in the hens life is my guess

 

If you do decide extra lighting is necessary have your light on a timer to lengthen the day "MAKE SURE IT IS SECURED BY 2 MEANS OF SUPPORT" one being a "SAFETY CHAIN" in case one fails especially if it is an incandescent bulb or heat lamp.

 

I personally raise hens as a hobby; and for their manure to enrich my vegetable garden any thing else the hens provide is merely a bonus.

 

Here is one BONUS NOW not many people can enjoy seeing in their back yard on a regular basis.

 

My back yard visitor. He likes yellow &amp; green beans apparently.

 

Nest boxes

In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new. Feed bags are a nylon mesh bag.

Frozen poop just peels off in below freezing temperatures and just flakes off in summer when left out in the sun to bake and dry.

 

I have 65 trips around the sun it is the best method I have stumbled upon.

 

Make sure the twine is removed from the open end of the bag it can get tangled around your birds.

 

 

 


Edited by Hokum Coco - 12/2/15 at 10:23am

Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iE82dIWdsw&feature=em-upload_owner

 

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iE82dIWdsw&feature=em-upload_owner

 

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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