Brooder light

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Iwannachicken, May 3, 2009.

  1. Iwannachicken

    Iwannachicken In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2009
    Hoover, Alabama
    My DH is building our brooder today. He plugged the lamp in to see how hot it got and was concerned about getting it too close. The only wattage we could find was a 250. How far away should the light be from the chicks? He can make it adjustable, we just don't know where to start.

    If there's a thread, please point me in that direction. It's so easy to get side tracked looking through all the posts. I'll be here all day!


  2. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I brood in the basement so I hang the 250 watt lamp from chain which is connected by hooks to the rafters. It allows me to raise and lower as needed.
  3. Interested in this also. Was just reading about heat/light in a book and almost wonder if the 250 may be too much for a small number of chicks so late in the spring.

    I think your best bet is a thermometer for managing this.
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Some buy 100W or smaller red bulbs in Wallyworld or wherever. They do not have to be heat lamps, just light bulbs.

    Some also put a dimmer switch on the 250W, and adjust it downward. Agree that a cheapie thermometer will help you adjust it before the chicks arrive.

    Good that you are looking at this before cooking your chicks!

  5. mermaidgoat

    mermaidgoat Songster

    Feb 22, 2009
    We have a 250 watt red bulb (it was the only one the store had, and we needed it *that* day). Our chicks will be 3 weeks old on Tuesday and we have the bulb suspended from the ceiling. Right now the bulb is about 2 feet from the top of our brooder and it's about 80-85 degrees F in there.
    Last edited: May 3, 2009
  6. Iwannachicken

    Iwannachicken In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2009
    Hoover, Alabama
    Thanks so much for the ideas. I'll try to see if Walmart has a smaller watt red light bulb. That would be the simpler solution. Hopefully they'll let me exchange it.

    I have a thermometer, but am not home to check it for part of the day. It's already pretty warm here and we're brooding in the garage, so I don't think cold will be the problem.

    Chicks here in two days!

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