Controlable Heat Cheep Brooder

By ChickenRodeo · Aug 17, 2015 · Updated Aug 17, 2015 ·
  1. ChickenRodeo
    I wanted to be able to control the heat without movimg the heat source, I found a nifty dimmer switch at lowes for $15.00 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The heat lamp just plugs into the dimmer plug, the dimmer also has a slide control to adjust the lamp which controls the heat.
    I use a 250W red heat lamp which when just plugged in would be above 117 degrees way to hot for indoors.


    A thermometer inside the brooder shows when I have the desired temp.

    I also put half flat glass beads "like for an aquarium" in the waterer to protect the fuzzy butts from drowning

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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Good article"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 2, 2018
    Nice idea for controlling the heat coming from a heat lamp. Make sure the the voltage regulator is rated for the power of the light. Make sure it does not over heat
  2. Anonymous
    "Heater control"
    2/5, 2 out of 5, reviewed Jul 24, 2018
    I wouldn't be all that happy using a cheap dimmer switch on a heatlamp for fear it could overheat. A brooder plate where the chicks can go away from the heat and return when they want would be much more favourable for me.


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