I'm wondering how many people, who follow this thread, think heat lamps are bad. I often brood too many to fit under a heat plate. I do read some saying how terrible heat lamps are, but in my experience if used correctly they are just fine. I haven't noticed any behavioral problems from them as I read some people say, I find brooder size, too much heat, and not moving them out quickly to be more troubles. I've used heat lamps for over 20 years. Just curious what others think and do.😀
I just brooded 30 chicks under a heat lamp. They were in the brooder box for 2 1/2 weeks, and now have access to the full pen (about 6x8). In a couple of weeks, we'll build a panic door for them to start integrating with the hens. I still have the lamp out there as they are not fully feathered, and it's still getting cool at night. When it's warm and sunny I unplug the light, today when it was cool and rainy, the lamp got left plugged in. Heat lamps vs. heat plates are, in my opinion, just two different ways to brood chicks. I don't know that either is all right or all wrong - just like many other aspects of chicken keeping. Every different way has its pros and cons...
Thank you, my thoughts as well, I have just noticed a strong push towards heating pads and plates and was curious. I brood mine very similar to you. Of course I'm always very curious how everyone else does things, and enjoy learning new stuff. I haven't tried using a plate, though I was looking at them. I have a whole routine worked out that I trust with a heat lamp.
I don't really necessarily think one is "bad" but I found Blooie's Mama Heating Pad thread righr before I got my chicks and it just made more sense to me and seemed much more natural. I mean, broody raised chicks don't have a light and heat glaring on them 24/7, ya know? Heck, they even tried heat lamps first and liked this better and made the thread. Plus with the risk of fire, heat lamps make me nervous. But like I said above, I don't necessarily think heat lamps are bad and done right it can be fine but in my opinion, I prefer the heatng pad. And I think I would prefer the pad cave or a makeshift heat plate made with a pad to buying a heat plate since usually it's cheaper and more cozy. Though some of the plates are similar priced or easier to clean, gotta look around. Anyway, I personally think the MHP or plate is more natural because they have day night cycles and regulate their own heat like a broody would but there are good and bad ways to do both. For example, raised indoors in a Rubbermaid box with a lamp glaring over them, cooking them, I don't think is a good way to do it BUT even with MHP, that same box is too small. And some people make the caves too high. So there's good and bad for both. I think in a bigger brooder space where they could actually have a choice to be under the lamp or not instead of heating the whole little box then it would be more ideal.