Brooding outdoors with a Brinsea EcoGlow?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by buckbye, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. buckbye

    buckbye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The fine print of the instructions of the Brinsea EcoGlow brooders says not to use the unit in a room where the nighttime temp drops below 50F (10C). Is this really mandatory? Has anyone here broken this "rule?" What was the result? And, more specifically, has anyone used a Brinsea EcoGlow in an outdoor brooder (or inside an unheated outbuilding such as a barn or shed) in winter? What happened? If baby chicks can survive being outdoors in winter with a broody, wouldn't the EcoGlow, which is designed to basically be an electric hen, suffice? Thanks for any help!
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm not sure this is the answer but perhaps the heat generated is insufficient to overcome say a 30 or 40 degree building.
    A hen is going to put out 103รด no matter what the ambient temperature is.
    When I brood outside, I use 1 or more ceramic emitters, depending on ambient with either a hover brooder or a lamp guard. So the space around it is over 100 and a lot of cool space.
     

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