Bulb question. Please help. :)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ravenna, May 4, 2009.

  1. Ravenna

    Ravenna In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2009
    SLO County, California

    I'm a newbie to BYC and I'll be a new chicken mommy this week! [​IMG] I'm so excited about my new fluffer n' honeys! I'll be getting 15 silkies (I caught their magic spell!)

    I'm setting up my brooder and I bought a 150 w reptile basking spot lamp bulb (then later see in tiny print it provides uva rays). It seemed VERY bright and lit the entire brooder up; however, got the heat to 95 degrees (I'm using a 45 gallon Rubbermaid). I've read everywhere that one should use a red bulb, but some people I spoke to personally said the red makes them lethargic and regular light is better.

    Would this type of bulb be harmful to the chicks due to it being for reptiles, uva rays and a strong basking light (I read a lot of people also use reptile lights as well, I'm just afraid of standard bulbs due to fire risks) they will be in my garage and I live in California, so the weather is nice. [​IMG] Any help is much appreciated as they will be here Thursday or Friday.

  2. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    REd is used especially when the chicks peck at each other.

    I'd just watch them closely and change it if there were problems.

    I"m no expert though.
  3. kevindean

    kevindean In the Brooder

    Feb 16, 2009
    independence Mo
    I use a red reptile heat lamp
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    I have always used plain soft white light bulbs. ALOT cheaper and get the job done.

    I start with a 75 watt and work my way down in wattage as the chicks get older. As long as they have plenty of space you shouldn't have a problem with pecking.

  5. Ravenna

    Ravenna In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2009
    SLO County, California
    Wow, thank you very much for the replies! You all are awesome. [​IMG]
  6. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I see no reason red would make them lethargic. What can make them lethargic very easily is being too hot.
  7. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    I don't think the red light makes them lethargic. I do think it allows them to sleep more deeply though. I've used both lights and I definitely prefer the red. Also, with the red if any of the chicks gets pecked and blood is drawn it is supposed to be harder for the other chicks to see the blood, the whole red on red thing.

  8. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Sounds like the bulb you got is meant for reptiles that in nature would be sitting out in the bright sunlight.

    I wouldn't want to expose my chicks to that kind of light 24/7.

    If it was me, I'd go exchange that bulb for a RED reptile bulb. I just think the red light is calming. Mine ran around and played, ate, scratched, roosted, dust bathed, learned to fly. All the things healthy happy chicks do without the pecking and fighting.

    Good luck with your new fluffies. It is a joy to watch them grow.
  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I used a reptile heating bulb that mimicked daylight some of the time, but not the spotlight basking kind. I do think the chicks slept better under red, but otherwise no difference. They slept under both.

    Red is good to prevent pecking, especially if one has a bloody spot.
  10. Ravenna

    Ravenna In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2009
    SLO County, California
    Yes, I would start to worry if my peeps started to grow scales and a tale instead of feathers. ;o

    Thank you for the advise. [​IMG] I see can see why red is better.

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