100 watt light or heat lamp ????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Miz Mary, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Miz Mary

    Miz Mary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Silikies/banties are about 8 weeks ..been outside in thier coop now about 2 weeks ............ tonight is expected frost !!! I put a moving blanket ontop of the coop ..but Dont know if thier standard 100 watt light is good enough , or should I put in the 150 watt heat lamp ??? Whats the difference besides wattage ??
     
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  2. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use the red heat lamp bulb. A 100 watt bulb is to bright and will cause stress and could induce pecking. Make sure it wont get to hot with the blanket on the coop you don't want a fire.
     
  3. Miz Mary

    Miz Mary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isnt the red lamp , about 200 watts ?? That would make my little coop TOO hot !! My coop is 4.5' x4.5' ....... have 10 banties in there .....
     
  4. barbieszoo

    barbieszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good thread ! I need pointers on this too, as I'll have two 8 week old silkies in a small coop (3 1/2' x 2') that is out of the direct wind and insulated with cardboard, newspaper and hay/straw, but I'll be getting mine in December! Could be pretty cold by then! Thanks!
     
  5. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Miz Mary

    Miz Mary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do you use that with a 100 watt bulb , or a heat lamp bulb ?!?!?!
     
  7. Pequena Bandada

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

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    Whichever size bulb you choose - make sure it's red. A bright white light on all night long can stress chickens and lead to feather picking. Red bulbs have that effect less often.
     
  8. NoSleep4mommy

    NoSleep4mommy Out Of The Brooder

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    Great tip on the thermo cube! Thanks, Anne:D
     
  9. Eastins Eggs

    Eastins Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe that the Thermo Cube is rated for up to 1500 watts, so it should work with any wattage bulb.
     
  10. SAM1646

    SAM1646 Out Of The Brooder

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    Buy the therma cube on ebay for 9.95 the online stores are way more money. Mine works great!!!
     

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