Brooder heater/light what RU using ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by zekii, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. zekii

    zekii Songster

    733
    16
    131
    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    Well I see in the shops plenty of those heat lamps either Red/Clear to use in a brooder fixture to provide heat for newly hatch chicks. I have plenty of brooder fixtures.. and regular light bulbs, and a few 60W Ceramic heater elements... so I'm not sure I really need to buy one of those heat lamps. Asking too see what others are using to provide heat/light in their brooders ?

    Cheers,
    Mary

    [​IMG]
     
  2. blackvelvet

    blackvelvet In the Brooder

    63
    0
    39
    Feb 4, 2011
    East Tennessee
    I have always just used a regular light bulb. As I have found that the heat lamps just get to hot. for about the first 2 weeks I use 100w bulb then I go down to a 75w until about 4 or 5 weeks old. But that is what i have always used ever since I was little. My dad even used regular bulbs when I was little.
     
  3. luvtheladies

    luvtheladies In the Brooder

    89
    0
    29
    Feb 27, 2011
    Harrogate, TN
    I use a brooder lamp with the red light but blackvelvet is also right. We used regular lights growing up and it seemed to work just as well. I personally use the heat light now because it is easier for me to keep the right temp maintained by just raising it up or down.
     
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
  4. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I use a big rubbermaid tote. Its like 4 feet long and 18 inches high. I use a reptile heat emitter/with a dimmer switch and a red bulb/dimmer. I can just adjust the temp up or down as needed.
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have up to three 100 watt bulbs hanging over my brooder. When it is 15 degrees out (very rare), I might use all three bulbs.

    Right now I just have 100 watts on over my broody hen and her chicks. I have two of them over my other two brooders with chicks in them in a shed coop and the chicks can get out of there onto the floor if they want to (they are a month old).

    *I am very careful to take temperatures with the thermometer in order to determine how many bulbs to turn on.*
     
  6. zekii

    zekii Songster

    733
    16
    131
    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    Ok regular light bulbs ... that's what I was going to use/try, so good to see others use them also with good results.

    Thanks for the replies !!!

    [​IMG]
     
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    5,379
    154
    303
    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    125w frosted brooder bulb.

    Mainly because I can't find any decent ordinary 100w bulbs any more. No life to them at all. Have to change them twice, three times for one batch of chicks.

    The 125w bulbs will do an entire batch of chicks and sometimes all of a second one.
     
  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    A.T. Hagan :

    125w frosted brooder bulb.

    Mainly because I can't find any decent ordinary 100w bulbs any more. No life to them at all. Have to change them twice, three times for one batch of chicks.

    The 125w bulbs will do an entire batch of chicks and sometimes all of a second one.

    Yes I think they are engineering those things for short life. But at least we can still buy them (not for long).​
     
  9. zekii

    zekii Songster

    733
    16
    131
    Nov 1, 2010
    New Hampsha
    Plan on using 60 watt regular bulbs, along with a 60 watt ceramic heating bulb, will test this out this weekend to see
    how much heat I get under the bulbs.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. GregClark38

    GregClark38 Chirping

    105
    10
    76
    Apr 16, 2014
    West Virginia

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: