Best place to buy heatlamps, feeders, etc.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by clkingtx, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. clkingtx

    clkingtx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been pricing some things to get ready for the chicks I've got coming in less than two weeks. I am trying to figure out what would be the cheapest place to find the supplies I need. I've checked at two of the three places around here that sell that kind of thing, and am wondering if it might be cheaper to find them somewhere online.

    I couldn't find red bulbs, only white, and I think they were about 10.00.

    The lamp fixture was about 10.00,

    the wood chips bag is about 10, I think. I can't remember what the cubic feet was, but it was a compressed bag about a foot thick, by 2 1/2 feet wide, and about 3 feet tall. How thick a layer do I need for the kiddos?(ducks, standards, and banties, in separate quarters:D)

    the plastic 18 inch feeders with the flip top lid with holes in it is about 4-5

    the waterers that you use a quart jar for(plastic) are 2.00

    Also, what percentage protein do chicks need? I think the ducks will need gamebird starter, non medicated(20 percent protein, right?) but what about the chicks? I saw a few different formulations today, which do they need 10% or 15%? Also the chicks do need the medicated starter, right?

    Anything I am forgetting?

    Thanks all for all your input.

    Carrie
     
  2. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

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    Not sure where you live, but here in Ks, I get most of my stuff from Oresheln's. I got a heat bulb for about $3 on sale (125V). Not sure how much their brooder lamps are,but you could buy both of those at Walmart. Also try Tractor Supply. I hear they have decent prices.

    Oh, I get shavings for $6 on sale.Not sure what percentage protein the babies get, as I always buy the grower/starter feed for them.
     
  3. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    Today i got a good deal on a lamp and bulb from Farm and Fleet got the lamp for $7 and the bulb for $2.
     
  4. LilDucky85

    LilDucky85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Which Farm and Fleet do you go to? Thats a really good deal, and I have to go there tomorrow anyway because my so called -20 degrees deicer water bucket froze solid today at just -1!! I figured you had to be either from Illinois or Wisconsin when I read Farm & Fleet lol.
     
  5. OSUman

    OSUman GO BUCKS

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    It was the one in Champain but i think they have it on sale everywhere
     
  6. JCoogle

    JCoogle Chillin' With My Peeps

    I buy just about eveything for my chickens from TSC (Tractor Supply Co), or the local feedmeal.
     
  7. clkingtx

    clkingtx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TSC is where I found most stuff was less expensive, which suprised me, because they seemed more "upscale" in their store, than atwoods. I couldn't find any heat lamp stuff there at all. I might ask someone when we go tomorrow, maybe they have some in the back that they haven't brought out yet. I will also look at Walmart for the heat lamp, maybe they will have one.

    Someone local on craigslist has hay for sale for 4.00 a bale, is that a good price? Or is hay not the thing to use? Would you still have a problem with them trying to eat it, like with wood chips?(I do plan to cover the bedding with paper towels or sheets, or something the first 3 days or so).

    Thanks everyone!
    11 days till babies arrive!!

    Carrie
     
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:Go to the section where they have extension cords and such, that's typically where Tractor Supply keeps them. The red brooder bulbs are much cheaper there than at Lowes/Home Depot type places. They also carry the large lamp housings rated up to 300W w/the metal guards on them... I think the chicks will try to eat anything you put in there...lol...at least at first. I use(d)wood shavings, so can't help you w/the hay issue. Many love it, but I've avoided it because it's reported to harbor mites (because it's hollow) moreso than shavings. Have fun w/your new babies...you must be so excited!
     
  9. clkingtx

    clkingtx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, yeah I am excited, counting down the days!

    I didn't look where the extension cords were at TSC. I looked in the aisle where the wheels/tires were; and there was a metal cone thing, but that is all.

    I will check that out. I also never thought about hay harboring mites! It might just be better to pay more for the shavings, lol.

    Carrie
     
  10. clkingtx

    clkingtx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry, double post
     
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