Bulbs for brooder box

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by jimdear, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. jimdear

    jimdear New Egg

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    New member, first post.
    Love the resources here!
    A buddy loaned me an industrial looking brooder box that has two light sockets. One is for the heat bulb and the other for the 7.5 watt red attractant bulb.
    How do I know which bump goes where?
     
  2. jimdear

    jimdear New Egg

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    Which bulb goes where?
     
  3. jimdear

    jimdear New Egg

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    Well, no response. Guess I need more interesting questions.
    Last night was day 18 so we removed the turner and guess what? Someone had unplugged the turner... We tried candling a few and it didn't look good. I'll give them s few days just in case and then start all over.
    But, the good news is you all have about 25 more days to help me with my original brooder light socket question!
     
  4. mich9510

    mich9510 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about your loss. I just lost some duck eggs to an incubator malfunction. I don't have an answer for your brooder question. I just use one 60 watt bulb in a homemade incubator. Regular light during the day, then I switch to red at night since its dimmer.
     
  5. jimdear

    jimdear New Egg

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    Thanks!
    I was actually blessed with two industrial brooders that were from the 50s. One is a box type with a little curtain where they can go in to warm, then go out to eat/drink. All on a screen with a slide out pan under.
    The other is a hood that I might put in the hen house to help stage them. It gives them a place to hide and warm. That's the one that takes two bulbs. One like you're talking about plus a 7.5 wat small red bulb to attract them and keep pecking down.
    I was hoping to hatch a clutch over the long weekend, but might have to start another!
    Thanks again!
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    It shouldn't matter which bulb you put where, if they are both wired for the wattage of the bulbs.
    The red bulb isn't used as an attractant, it is to disguise injuries or blood to prevent pecking.
    Blue is a better choice since it calms chickens.
    Actually, after day 3 of 24 hour light, it would be best to give them 8 hours of darkness each night. That way you could use a white light.
    Rather than a heat lamp, I prefer a ceramic heat emitter. They're available in all wattages from pet stores and on E-bay. With those, you can give chicks a hemeral nighttime like nature intended. Also, ceramic are more efficient, don't break as often and don't make a mess when they do.
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Or you could just ditch heat lamp brooding entirely and use an alternative method that allows chicks to better self regulate their body temp.
     
  8. jimdear

    jimdear New Egg

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    Thanks!
    Seems like anything I search online takes me to this website. Glad I'm finally a member.

    Yeah, the turner got unglugged so I only had two hatch. One of them only had one wing and didn't pull through.
    I stopped by a farm supply store and caught pullets on clearance for $1 ea and bought six so my little sole survivor would have some friends to grow up with.
     

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