70 dg ambient temp, brooder bulb wattage?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by gal5150, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. gal5150

    gal5150 Songster

    Mar 30, 2016
    Completely new to ducks and have 2 ducklings arriving approx April 26. I intend to use a storage bin as a brooder initially. My question is, if my house's ambient temp ranges from 70-75 dg, what wattage bulb would I use? If my goal is to give them an area that is 90 dg, that's only a 20 dg difference.....

    TIA, i certainly don't want to overheat nor chill the little ladies!
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I kept a safe thermometer in the brooder with them, at duckling level, and followed Storey's Guide recommendations on temperature

    (90F first week, dropping 5F per week).

    If they look like they are too hot, raise the lamp.

    I like ceramic lamps, by the way. Pricey, but they last and last.
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    I use a 75 watt old style bulb inside - gives a warm spot under the light and the rest of the kennel is cooler so they can move around to where they are comfortable. I've always found with my ducks that they don't normally hang out under the light and I use their behavior to determine if the light needs to be closer or not.

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