Are there any alternatives to a heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TheHalfWayCoop, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. TheHalfWayCoop

    TheHalfWayCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2011
    Campbellville Ontario
    We have four silkie babies that are a day old, but the broody hen seems to be pecking them a lot and throwing them out from under her. Stupid us didn't have a brooder ready [​IMG] because we thought mama would take care of them, and if not her, than our other broody, but that doesn't appear to be the case. I've called all three of our local feed stores and they are all out of brooder lamps!!! [​IMG]:he:he Is there any kind of alternative that I can rig up in the interim? I don't even have a bendy desk lamp that I can put one of those bathroom warming bulbs in. We have all normal table lamps around here and I'm fairly certain my electric blanket is shot. Last year we put the brooder beside our radiators in the house and put a heavy quilt over it and they were great, we've sinced move though and no longer have that option [​IMG]

    Thank you for any ideas!
  2. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    Go to the drugstore or other store and buy a heating pad?
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    For just a few chicks, I put a drop light with a 60 watt bulb in one of those big rubbermaid tubs partially covered. Any box will work.
    It doesn't have to be a 'heat lamp'. Any incandescent or halogen bulb will generate heat. Actually in a smallish container a heat lamp generates too much heat.
    Use a thermometer and check their activity for your lead.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  4. Tilly's Nest

    Tilly's Nest Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2010
    Cape Cod
    I've used regular bulbs too in the past 100 watts and decreased it as they got older. Try a clip on lamp that you can find at your local Target.....
  5. TownhouseSeramas

    TownhouseSeramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2011
    Elkton, MD
    For my first chick I used a regular lightbulb (pointed kind not rounded) as well. I used a regular box, and put some tin foil underneath of it, to keep the box from burning. And then I put tin foil over top the light to reflect the heat down and it worked really well. Then I gradually took the tin foil off as the chick got older and decreased the wattage.
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Home Depot sells brooder lamps. I use a couple or three of them (3 in the winter when it is very cold in my garage) and put 100 watt bulbs in them. I never use the heat lamp bulbs anymore. Just check your temperatures under the lamp.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2011
  7. namastemama

    namastemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use a heating pad all the time instead of a lamp. Or you can buy one of the desk lamps that clip on and use a red bulb in them, they work just as good and are cheaper.
  8. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    You could use rice filled socks. You heat them up in the microwave and they stay toasty warm for quite a while. The down side, you'll have to reheat them when they cool off. Just about any pet store will carry heat lamps, do you have a Petsmart/Petco or anything like that near you? Good luck!
  9. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    Or maybe a heat rock for reptiles?
    I like the heating pad, or maybe those little heat packs you put in your pockets for skiing?
  10. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    We used to brood all chicks outdoors, in the coop, with a 100W bulb hanging over them. Most anything will do. If you've read the OT's thread at all, you know that not all chicks are raised anywhere near 90-95 degrees.

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