Can I use a regular lightbulb for heat?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hawtchick, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. hawtchick

    hawtchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2008
    New Hampshire
    or should I use the 250 red heat lamp for my new chicks? I wasn't sure if the "light' would mess them up sleepwise. They are warm and toasty with it, but I am second guessing my choice as I have always used a red head lamp bulb.
  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    If you put a thermostat in the brooder it will help. 95 degrees week 1 and 5 degrees less each week untill 6 weeks.
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    I have regular light bulbs in all my brooders.
  4. amyc

    amyc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Jefferson, Wisconsin
    I use 2 40 watt bulbs in the heat lamp using an adapter thing (I'm not sure what it's called - but it basically makes it so you can put two light bulbs in where you would only have one). The temp has worked good for me - and now I don't have to worry about the bulb burning out when I'm at work and there not being any heat in the brooder.

    I've heard that the red bulb does help calm them down - but my birds aren't too hyper and don't pick on each other.
  5. andrea98

    andrea98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    in my barnyard....ohio
    mine are 3 weeks i got them as day olds & i have used a 100 watt reg house bulb & they sleep fine & i have no1 that pecks
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2009
  6. 1birdlady

    1birdlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2008
    Spring, Texas
    We too used a 60W bulb in a work light hanger thingee when they were 2-3 days kept them warm enough and there was no picking or huddling. (4 Barred Rock pullets).

    They are now about 4 weeks old and doing well with no light...squat where they are to sleep and growing like *weeds* [​IMG]
    We're in the Houston Texas area so our temps are getting warm.

    We play with them several times a day, and they are becoming very tame. They are like "velocoraptors" when it comes to a broccoli floret!

    Too funny!

    In another week or so, they are ready to go OUT to their new enclosure. Pix another time.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2009
  7. m2wandc

    m2wandc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    I personally prefer a red heat lamp, because from what I've read the white light is okay when you're referring to heat if the thermo says the right temp...BUT many articles state that the white light sort of keeps them wired and a little more stressed, where the red let's them rest and calm down a little for me it was worth getting the red lamp so I could have calm pets...

    in a nutshell, a white light is fine, but a red lamp is better.

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