Brooder Bulb?? Please help, I'm a Wreck!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Break an Egg, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    Hi all, hope you are having a good night, I am picking up chicks tomorrow and I have the brooder all set up. My question is about the bulb. I am using a red bulb because I read that it doesn't disturb sleep. It is an 85 watt red outdoor floodlight. I have it over and touching the screen. Will this do? It gets hot and I have a thermometer in there. I left it on for about 10 minutes and it got up to 85 degrees. I am so nervous. It almost feels like when I was about to have my daughter. lol Please help.[​IMG]
  2. buckyphifer

    buckyphifer In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2008
    Northwest Tennessee
    If the chicks are new babies it needs to be around 90-95 anyways and drop 5 degrees every week until you get to 70. I didn't like the idea of setting my lights on anything so I put a small hook in the ceiling and hung the light at the end of the clamp with twine. This way I can make it lower or higher according to my temp needs. Congrats on your new editions!
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    See if you can't get that light a bit closer.

    You can just use a regular 100W incandescent bulb to get the temp up. They can sleep just fine under bright lights.
  4. fallenweeble

    fallenweeble Songster

    Dec 4, 2007
    yah, the big scary hot red bulb takes a while to get used to but don't worry - as long as you keep is suspended correctly it will be just fine.
    bucky and silkie are right, it should be a bit lower if the temp isn't around 95. if the brooder is deep i wouldn't worry about the screen top yet - i would take it off and lower the bulb until you get the reading you need on your therm.
    good luck and don't forget to post pics of your new babies.
  5. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    Thanks for all the info, you guys are really helpful. I think I like "chicken" people better than the rest, lol.
  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Just wanted to say welcome to BYC!!! You have come to a great place to find your answers-I know I have learned a lot here.

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