Can chicks see red light?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gel2727, May 13, 2009.

  1. gel2727

    gel2727 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope this question doesn't sound too silly, but can chicks see red light? I know lizards can't so I'm curious. I have a red bulb on my chicks in the basement and I turn the light on during the day so they have more light. When I turn the white light off, they still look like they can see....but I just don't know. Thanks..[​IMG]
     
  2. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All I know is when I leave the red light on in their coop at night, they don't settle down like they do if there is no light.
     
  3. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they can see it, see in it. They prefer red light bulbs to white - I played around putting on in each end of their brooders for awhile. LOL.

    While they can learn to settle at night with a red light, all chickens old enough to sleep without it, do sleep better than brooders with light.

    They also prefer red light to a heated kennel pad (no light) as a heat source. Though elevating the heat pad so they can get under it produced good results.
     
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    AS mentioned, the red is more soothing and yes it provides them light to see by.
     

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