brooder lightbulb question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by embkm, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. embkm

    embkm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does the light have to be a big brooder type light bulb? Or can it just be a regular 75-100 watt bulb in a regular socket? I was planning on using a lamp kit to make the heat source like in the homemade incubator. Would that work?
     
  2. SoJoChickens

    SoJoChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The light can be a regular bulb. It is preferable to have some kind of reflector on the light kit to direct the heat and light towards the chicks but using a regular light bulb is a common practice.
     
  3. embkm

    embkm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    You probably need a guard on the bare bulb to keep the chicks out of it. Many years ago dad used a regular light as a heat source and it worked.
     
  5. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can i use a desk lamp. The one on the desk in my room gives off a lot of heat. And its on a stand kind of thing so you can put it at diffrent (excuse the spelling mistake) heights.
     
  6. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You would want to try it out first to make sure that a temperature of 95 degrees can be maintained under the bulb with the ability of the chicks to move to a cooler area if they need to.

    Make sure the desk lamp is designed for the size wattage of bulb you are going to use.

    Lastly, if you are going to use a 'regular' bulb, don't skimp and get the cheapest bulb. You don't want a cheap bulb burning out/dying on you and your chicks getting chilled. Using red bulbs should allow the chicks to sleep better and to pic at each other less.
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:A desk lamp could work. It might get so messed up you would never be able to put it back in your room. Make sure it is secured so they cannot knock it over. Arrange it so they cannot get it wet. Depending on litter, the brooder might get dusty which could short out any light. Check often and keep it clean. The dust could short it out or cause the switch to not work.

    You can vary the heat by using different wattage of bulbs but be careful not to exceed the capacity of the fixture. You create a fire hazard and also burn up the wiring inside the fixture if you put too strong a bulb in. And if you use reflectors, make sure the reflectors don't cause the light fixture to get too hot.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I have used a 60 watt indcandescent bulb in my brooder lamp no problem. I have covered my brooder with a blanket on really cold nights to keep the warmth in the brooder or tractor. I have a wireless digital thermometer in the brooder or tractor, to monitor the temp. The thermometer has an alarm built in. The alarm will sound if it gets colder than whatever temp I set.
     
  9. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    You should really use a red heat lamp. It causes less stress on there system 24 hrs of white light is not good for them.
    Farm & Fleet has the bulbs for $6.
     

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