Brooder/heatlamp questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by johndeerematt, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. johndeerematt

    johndeerematt Out Of The Brooder

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    I will be ordering chicks for the first time soon, and have some questions about the brooder. I have a enclosed coop, and an old propane brooder. I took out the propane element out, and am going to install a headlamp. Don't know what wattage to use. Not uncommon to get down in the 20's this time of year in nebraska. Info please!
     
  2. Slongest

    Slongest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The brooder going to be indoors somewhat? We keep ours in the garage not heated but its gets pretty cool in there we use a 250 watt red faced bulb no problems at all you can lower and raise it as temps change id rather have the heat and back it off than not have it and need it.
     
  3. johndeerematt

    johndeerematt Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, the brooder will be in the enclosed, unheated coop.
     
  4. Thespoiledchicken

    Thespoiledchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    250 watts for sure. Make sure the area is not drafty either. The bulb needs to be close enough to keep the chicks at about 90 degrees when first hatched. With the potential for them to get really cold if the bulb went out I would have a backup also [​IMG]

    Good Luck!

    Trish
     

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