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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by blackswamp, Mar 17, 2013.
What color (clear or red) bulb do you use in the brooder for new chicks & what watt?
I start them out with a 250 watt red bulb. Then I move down to 150 watt white...and then 75 watt, then 60 watt, then 25 watt, then nothing.
Red, 250 watt. should be around 95 degrees the first week then decrease 5 degrees every week until around 70 degrees. You can decrease or increase the heat by raising or lowering the light.
I have a 175W and a 100W red bulbs. I'm brooding four chicks in an outdoor brooder. The 175 is too hot for all but the coldest weather here (20s or below). For 30F to 70F, I use the 100. Over 70, I check often and unplug for part of the day. I guess my chicks didn't read the handbook because they were comfy at 75 degrees when I took them out for a field trip for a few hours after seeing them panting and avoiding their light. They're not quite two weeks old.
We're using a 40 watt regular bulb... BUT our babies are inside. This was on advice of our local feed store.