A quick question on brooder lights.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aeiou, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. aeiou

    aeiou New Egg

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    I will be brooding a few ducks for the first time soon. In "Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks" Holderread recommends the use of blue bulbs in brooders to reduce eye strain and feather eating. However I keep seeing pictures of peoples brooders using red lights. A quick Google image search of "duck brooder" will show this.

    What is the best type of light to use in a brooder? How much does color really matter?

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2015
  2. aprille218

    aprille218 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used red and clear bulbs with no difference. As long as they have good space, food, water and heat ducks aren't big on feather picking/ eating.
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  3. aeiou

    aeiou New Egg

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    That's pretty much what I figured. I looked for blue bulbs today at my local farm supply store and they didn't have them. I've got clear on hand and will use them unless someone educates me otherwise.
     
  4. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too read that and no one has blue so I went with red since they get nice and hot. Never had any problems. I think it's mainly chicks that need the red so they don't kill eachother pecking a red spot.
     
  5. Kaessa

    Kaessa Chillin' With My Peeps

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