Broke my Brooder Light : (

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tia, May 21, 2010.

  1. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    I was bringing the ducks in from school - and I had my light on top of a box and it fell off and shattered on the floor. I have this other big red light I ordered from the mill and feed place several years ago, but don't know how hot it gets. I have it hanging way up above the brooder, going to stay up and measure the temp and make sure it isn't too hot. It is not a regular light bulb that is red like the other, but more of a heat lamp style....I'm sure I ordered it as a brooder light, but I don't want it to get too hot for them. It gets a lot hotter than the other one I can tell already. I live 300 miles away from the nearest feed store - not like I can run out and buy another one... I should have a supply handy - I can see that now. How does a regular light bulb work??
     
  2. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    I had to raise it up a little it was 90 in there... should be about 85... they are a week old...
     
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    I just use reading lamps in my brooders. I often have a number of different boxes going so have found a nice supply of clip on lamps from a local hardware store. They have a halogen globe so still give off enough heat to keep the duckies warm enough. And best of all they only cost about $15 each.
     
  4. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have bought all of my red heat lamps at Home Depot. I hate them. I have had two fires in my house. I like to use a space heater. I know they start fires too but i feel better about it. I can brood alot of babies with one space heater.
     
  5. Lund Poultry

    Lund Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lighting! If you have them in a nice draft free spot that is nice and tight. A regular light bulb or two would be fine. This is all I use and I live in Wisconsin. May I ask why you use a red bulb on your waterfowl? I only thought you needed them for chicks if they were picking each other..
     
  6. Backyard_Chicken_rancher

    Backyard_Chicken_rancher Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have found that a 90 watt bulb gives off just as much heat for them and they seem to enjoy it I have brooded out 3 sets of them with the same 90,75,60,40 watt bulbs and I have not had to raise it at all I just turn down the wattage.
     
  7. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    Thanks for the info - I must have read somewhere that you should use a red bulb, it was easier on their eyes. I will just use a regular light bulb. I ended up doing that last night, because the heat lamp got so hot. I had it hanging from the ceiling and the duckies on a table below and couldn't keep it cool enough - plus the ceiling felt real hot, so I could not comfortably go to sleep - worried about fire. The other red bulb I had was the same shape as a regular light bulb.
     
  8. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Ducks prefer blue or white light. Chicken and quail need red to cut back on picking. I always use a light bulb from 2 feet above. I start off with 100 watts and reduce the wattage as needed. In your case I guess a 75 or 60 watt bulb should do, since they are 10 days old.
    Katharina
     
  9. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    Quote:I use an oil filled heater in my duck house with my 3 week old ducklings.
    Katharina
     

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