Brooding outdoors with a Brinsea EcoGlow?

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

  1. buckbye

    buckbye Songster

    Aug 14, 2012
    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!
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2014

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    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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