7th Annual BYC New Year's Day 2016 Hatch-A-Long

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by ronott1, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. bamadude

    bamadude Overrun With Chickens

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    These are less expensive than brinsea. I live in southeast Alabama. Our temps rarely freeze. Honestly I do not know how it would perform in colder temps
     
  2. Cynthia12

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    Just in case you join! You will. [​IMG]
     
  3. bamadude

    bamadude Overrun With Chickens

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    But I can honestly say that it will do better than any infrared 250watt heat lamp and cost almost nothing to run.
     
  4. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they are supposed to have a much lower risk of starting a fire as well, correct?
     
  5. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    Well, always good to hear there are better products out there. Perhaps a concise post about this thing, with a link?? would be a good way to introduce it...as it is it, forgive me, sounds more like you want $50 than to teach us something.
     
  6. bamadude

    bamadude Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes
     
  7. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    They are rated to freezing temps. They could likely work at lower temps but the worry would be frozen water for the chicks.

    I really like mine.
     
  8. bamadude

    bamadude Overrun With Chickens

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    50's are in my top 10 denomination of US currency lol.
    I dont have a dog in any fight here.
    Premier 1 is a google click away
     
  9. NTBugtraq

    NTBugtraq ex-Surgeon General

    Quote:Well, my last hatch was on October 1st and the brooders were within my living space. Temperature varied from 60F to 75F, and chicks with no lights or added heat of any kind survived just fine. So in my opinion chicks can survive at much lower Day 1 temps. that is commonly suggested. I will admit, it may just be my chicks grown here in my climate, but I doubt that accounts for all of their ability. So, whether they are kept in a garage @ 50F with an IR light that adds + 20F, or some new fangled thing that can do the same, brooding can be done from Day 1 in an unheated insulated structure (e.g. a garage, not a green house). Your attached garage or basement are perfect. They create a lot of dust, so if you do brood inside, cover the brooders to stop dust. Daylight isn't really needed, although if there are windows they can supplement heating. A "thermocube" can help save you some electricity costs. I have come to believe that the transition from indoor to outdoor, or light or not light, is a defining moment. Nature culls the weak. I loose more birds in the first 15 days they are outside (typically going out at 4 weeks). The problem is I have too big a space for small birds. They gather together as it gets cold, and one or so a day end up succumbing to the press. Every bird wants to make as much contact as possible to the two birds on either side. Some cannot withstand what they end up with, and its those, I believe, who fail to thrive. I look at this natural cull as a necessary thing, since I am trying to make my own breed for my farm. Now if you are trying to make 3 new pets...everything I said might sound crass, my apologies, my comments were not intended for pet owners.
     
  10. bamadude

    bamadude Overrun With Chickens

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    Remind me to read this when I sober up.
     
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