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Switch to "no light" heat lamp?

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I'm planning on switching from my 250w red light to a 100w heat lamp that doesn't put off any light; and just wanted to ask if there is any good reason not to do this, assuming that I can keep the temp where it needs to be?

I have to have the red light so far away from the chicks that I'm thinking that a 100w bulb closer would do the trick = energy savings. But also it would allow the chicks to have a real night's rest.

I would have an additional light on in the room for a few hours so that they have a night of 6 - 8 hours. THis would give them 16-18 hours of light to eat and drink.

Any reason not to do this that I haven't considered?
post #2 of 5
Nope, no reason not to at all. If your chicks were with a momma hen, they'd sleep the whole night through. And they'd thrive smile.png

Good luck!
Nikki
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Thanks, switching right now.
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sierranomad - Did this work for you? And what kind of heater lamp did you switch to? I've been using the 250-watt red bulbs for my goose and ducks, but it's been so cold up here in Maine the last few years I've had to keep them on just about every night. Too much light for them, and like you said, lots of energy.

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You could also consider building a heat pad brooder and ditch the heat lamps all together. It works great, had our 7 day old's outside last May in 40 degree temps. Check out this thread on all the how too's....

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update/570#post_15234859

Many people on this thread never have their chicks indoors.
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