Brooder light on timer? (Not The Heat Lamp)

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  1. rrector2005

    rrector2005 New Egg

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    Hello everyone, I am new to the chicken community. I purchased 10- 3 week old Barred Rocks yesterday here locally. I am currently brooding them in a spare room of my home using a heat lamp(250w). I just ordered a EcoGlo heater to get away from using a heat lamp 24/7. My question is, do I need to buy a red light bulb (non heat) and put it on a timer for my chicks? The room stays fairly dark trough out the day. Also, any other advice will be helpful.
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Congrats on your new babies!! I keep some Barred Rocks. I think you will enjoy keeping this breed. Great layers and friendly too!

    If the eco glow does not provide light then yes you will need to add light to the brooder area. They can go through the night in the dark as long as they have heat. But during the day they will need plenty of light.

    Have you stopped by our learning center yet? Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry. I will include an article on raising your babies too here...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...ks-the-first-60-days-of-raising-baby-chickens

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Enjoy your new babies and if you have any further questions, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would add light, for at least 12 hours a day. Good luck with your chicks! Barred Rocks should lay very well for you when they get older.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    The EcoGlow will provide plenty of heat, but the chicks will still need supplemental light during the daytime.
     
  7. btguy

    btguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not necessarily red light just light. The red of a heat lamp is just to make it more palatable at night. The room light may be a better option
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  9. Mountain Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I also would add light.
     
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