Blue Light?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aineheartsyou, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Songster

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    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
     
  2. missmaryb

    missmaryb In the Brooder

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    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!
     
  3. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Songster

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    it is! I have many spots book marked
     
  4. The Duck ABC's

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    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.
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    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.
     
  6. aineheartsyou

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    Quote:huh, that is interesting. i will have to do some looking around the reptile section at the petstore [​IMG]
     
  7. The Duck ABC's

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    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.
     
  8. azhenhouse

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    Quote:I was just at Home Depot today trying to figure out what blue light he was talking about. I have no clue, so I went ahead and got the red heat lamp light.[​IMG]
     
  9. aineheartsyou

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    I went to Petco today and checked out the reptile section and they had blue heat lights in 40, 60 and 100 watts. I picked up a 60 watt for 8 bucks
     
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