Brooder thermostat

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by aceoftrumps, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. aceoftrumps

    aceoftrumps Out Of The Brooder

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    I have my brooder set up with a 250 watt heat lamp. Does good on cold nights but too warm for them during the day. So I initially added a dimmer switch to it but this also required adjusting manually and not forgetting to change it. I had an old electric heater that the heating element shorted out on....so, took it apart and salvaged the thermostat out of it. Bought a plastic outlet box and cover that is used for cable...reamed the hole a little to fit the thermostat shaft through so the knob is on the cover....drilled four holes on each side of the box so it can sense temperatures. Then wired it in series with the dimmer switch. Still want to be able to use the dimmer switch if I want to. So far, it looks like it's working. Will know better in a few days since I plan on making adjustments to it to see how it performs.

    By the way, this brooder is outside and it works great otherwise.

    Kurt
     
  2. MikeyLikesIt

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    This sounds like a good idea, Kurt. I am wanting to do something like this because of our warm days and cool nights here in N Texas.
    Got any pics of your setup?

    Mikey
     
  3. aceoftrumps

    aceoftrumps Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll try to take some tomorrow, weather permitting, and post them.

    Kurt
     
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  5. aceoftrumps

    aceoftrumps Out Of The Brooder

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    As promised, here are pics...first, the dimmer switch mounted on the outside wall since it's just a control and doesn't sense temps.

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    And here is a pic of of the thermostat and the light, mounted to a side wall inside the brooder.


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    A pic of the thermostat mounted on the back wall....away from the light....doesn't reflect the temp directly under the light but useful to guage the temp of the coop and assure they have cool places to go to.

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    Kurt
     
  6. aceoftrumps

    aceoftrumps Out Of The Brooder

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    Oops...thermometer mounted on the back wall....my bad.

    Kurt
     
  7. MikeyLikesIt

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    I've thrown away several of those little ceramic heaters over the years...I won't do it again until I salvage some parts. I have thought about using a household type thermostat and relay but your way may be simpler. Rebelcowboys heater looks good as well for small batches.
    I've only raised four batches of chicks but I'm setting myself up to hatch and raise several batches a year. A thermostat controled brooder is on my 'to do list' but I'm still deciding how I want to do it...I guess it depends on what I can scavenge. Thanks for posting yours.

    Mikey
     

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