Sweeter heater in brooder
They LoVe the sweeter heaters. I hang one over the roost tall enough so they can fit under. In my smaller coop I mounted it sideways near the floor. The girls curl up near it. The work on radiant heat so they can't get burned on it. I Ike that its all sealed and easy to clean. It was well worth the money.
I used them in lieu of heat lamps with both my batches of baby chicks this spring. They loved it too!
I got the 11x40" because ultimately it will go in a big coop. Had to adjust my brooder set up because it was keeping my 2x2x4 100 gallon tank at 95 degrees from 2 feet up on test runs, no cooler areas for chicks to escape the heat. I wound up putting the stock tank on its side and putting down a well-scrubbed rubber mat and cardboard walls for the first week or so.
Important things to know - burn off the plastic smell, give it several runs prior to use. Even after you think you don't smell it anymore, run it again. The different sizes of Sweeter Heater give DIFFERENT wattage, from mypetchicken.com under product description:
"11" x 11" : 32 watts, 2 lbs, heats a maximum of 22-25 chicks
11" x 16" : 50 watts, 4 lbs, heats a maximum of 32-35 chicks
11" x 30" : 100 watts, 6 lbs, heats a maximum of 60-65 chicks
11" x 40" : 150 watts, 8 lbs, heats a maximum of 80-85 chicks"
Everyone seems quite happy and I'm not chewing finger nails over fire danger!!!