Ceramic LIGHT FREE Bulbs ? ? ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Eureka Jennifer, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. Eureka Jennifer

    Eureka Jennifer Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 31, 2009
    Eureka, California
    Does anyone have any experience with this kind of bulb ?

    Ceramic Brooder Bulbs Infrared Heat for your Chickens

    I was trying to do some research about keeping a light on a chick 24 hours a day, I cam across this..

    "Chickens are sensitive to infrared light and it impacts them in a very positive way. Chicks are very sensitive to light in their environment. You should not leave chicks with regular light bulb lamps subjected to this light 24 hours a day. Red light helps chickens not fight, and makes them eat less."

    Any comment or experience anyone can share?

    Thanks !
  2. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Lots of people use red light instead of incandescent with their chicks. There are also ceramic bulbs that emit NO light, only heat (these can be found in most pet stores in the reptile supplies section). Red light is less likely to encourage picking, and when I switched from white light to red, they were noticeably quieter and calmer at night. It helped put them into a more natural day/night rhythm. I recommend switching to red light, at least after the first week. [​IMG]
  3. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    btw, I forgot to add WELCOME! [​IMG]
  4. lil'chickies

    lil'chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    West Texas
    I use an infrared light for mine. I also use the lamp from the pet store instead of the cheapo from the lumber yard. I went through two of those that broke, couldn't handle the constant heat, but the one for reptiles is made better and all the ones I get from now on will be those. I'm thinking of buying a couple of the no light ones too, just in case I might need them!! [​IMG]

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  5. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    They work. They run a bit hotter than the equivalent wattage standard incandescent. Other than that I don't think they are worth the price. I just switch to red tinted bulbs if needed but I've only had to do that from the first week with one batch of chicks. The rest I've had no picking issues and just went to red when I was transitioning them to have no light on. Chicks get very very upset if you turn off their light suddenly.
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    We use a ceramic bulb for heating the coop in the winter. It works great! It kept the coop perfect for our hens. They never complained once! [​IMG] It actually kept it very warm for the girls and never had a problem with them. I recommend them!
  7. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    this is true as i use infared heat bulbs but as soon as i turn on the room light they go crazy but as soon as they have the bright light off and the re dlight back on they are totally calm
  8. Eureka Jennifer

    Eureka Jennifer Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 31, 2009
    Eureka, California
    Thank you all, maybe I will ditch the idea or the no light heater bulb to the red one I want my new girls to be content.
  9. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Just for those who read this and don't know, the ceramic heat elements (also called no light bulbs, or heat emitters) put out heat in the form of infra-red, which doesn't change the ambient air temp as much as it heats the object it hits- think sunlight on a cold winter day.

    The red heat bulbs that look like a spotlight also put our infra red, as well as light. They are beneficial as they make the color red less apparent and thus make chicks less likely to pick on each other.

    I use both, mainly because the ceramic heat emitters are too expensive for me to buy another right now. I would RATHER use the heat emitter than the red bulb.
  10. Granolamom

    Granolamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    I've used the ceramic heat emitter all winter long, and it worked great (got it from Petsmart, it's actually used for reptiles).
    I also tried the red bulbs, before I purchased the ceramic element, but it kept my chickens up all night, and therefor I switched to the no-light one.
    Just make sure you REALLY secure it to whatever you attach it to (I clamped it, and then used extra wires to secure it to the roof beam over their perch, so they couldn't possibley knock it down. Also, make sure it's far enough away from the chooks, so they can't accidentally touch it, even if they fly off their perch (it gets VERY hot).

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