Can I use a green light rather than a red light?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 3RaGaNo, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. 3RaGaNo

    3RaGaNo In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2010
    Hello everyone;
    First time hatcher here. We had 17 hatch out of 21. 5 were our eggs, the rest were shipped. We had an 86% hatch rate. Thanks to everyone here!!!! ooops, son just reminded me it was 18 hatch:)

    Tonight they're in the brooder. We don't have a red light bulb, but I have a green 65 Watt floodlight. Will this work in place of the red light? Right now I have a white light on them, 100W (and a heating pad underneath if they want to lay on that too).
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2011
  2. I always use red lights and I always will... I think I heard white lights keep them up, and it makes them peck at each other. (i don't know though) I dont know what to say about a green light. I would try to get a red light if possible.

    Hope I helped![​IMG]
  3. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    I've used green & white. Never had a problem. Just remember that it is for heat so make sure that your flood light gives off heat-I know that some of mine don't but I'm in a different country.
  4. elieugene6

    elieugene6 Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    Western ny
    I use a white light and a black light at night. I think green would be ok. The only time I have ever had pecking problems is the first day and then it happens even with red bulb. I think green would be ok for now.
  5. 3RaGaNo

    3RaGaNo In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2010
    Thank you for your replies. I am not going out until tomorrow, so unfortunately, I won't be able to get one tonight. I have a 25W red, but I don't think that would make it hot enough?

    Israel: The top country I would LOVE to visit some day. Thank you, I will try the green (and make sure it is hot enough). I guess the chicks will let me know if they're not happy.[​IMG]
  6. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Songster

    Jun 23, 2007
    Sarnia, Ontario
    i always use a red light too and i remember something from a long time ago except i can't remember wher i heard it....
    when using light for heat for animals it should be red because something to do with the way they perceive the light... red is calming( for lack of a better word) and they still sleep and it does not interfere with their cycles
    a white light will make them aggresive and if i had to sleep under an interogation light i'd be a pickin a few fights myself [​IMG]
    as for a green light i've never heard of that being used but i agree that you should go with the red one [​IMG]
  7. Kirtusjon

    Kirtusjon Songster

    I now use a Blue light. I have find it calm them more then the red. I even use them for heat at night when it is really cold for my grown chickens. It is more like moon light and they can sleep when left on. Floadlights 100watt from Home Depot and 95watt from City Electric.
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    The white will be ok , untill you can get a red one, the green would work except to low of a watt.

    Yes white light keep them awake longer, and they get bored and start pecking the other, red or green will be more like dark, not 24 hr of daylight.

    A few days of white ok that first few weeks.
  9. 3RaGaNo

    3RaGaNo In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2010
    We used the green last night and it really did seem to 'calm' them. The light was not enough to keep them warm on its own, but with the electric heating pad underneath on low, it worked really well!

    Thanks for your help and comments.
  10. ajacskr

    ajacskr Chirping

    Apr 29, 2010
    Talbott, TN
    My brooder box is a homemade wooden box that measures 2 ft by 3-1/2 ft by 2 feet tall and has insulated walls and floor. I have 2 lights in it. The first one is a 75 watt flood light that is connected to a dimmer switch so I can turn it up and down. The second is a white 40 watt that puts out no heat.

    With the 75 watt flood light I can raise or lower the temp all the way up to about 140 degrees F so you do not have to those big wattages just for heat. It really depends on your brooder.

    Hope this is helpful. [​IMG]

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