Blue Light?


10 Years
May 6, 2009
Dixie, WA
I read in Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks that a blue light is easier on ducklings eyes but it didn't say exactly what kind of light. incandescent, fluorescent, halogen? I have seen blue day bulbs at the pet stores for reptiles
I don't have the answer but just wanted to say: Isn't that a fantasitc book?! I have read a bunch of the "Storey's Guide" series and love the detail!
The blue light spectrum is on the cool end. So you can buy blue bulbs or simply white bulbs. I would not use halogen, it is way to intense. Fluorescent does not emit heat, so it is out of the question for the brooder. I use standard white light bulbs in various wattage for the brooder. Be aware that blue light makes them lay larger eggs too, which is not always a good thing. I use a natural spectrum light in their duck house for the laying hens.
A more initially expensive but really helpful item we used was ceramic heat bulbs - no light, just heat. They come in different wattages. I had mine from a reptile I kept for 29 years. She passed away a few months before the ducklings arrived.
huh, that is interesting. i will have to do some looking around the reptile section at the petstore
Remember to use in addition a baby night light, if you use a heat disk. Ducklings get frightened, if they can't see what it around them.

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