difference in red heat lamp verses clear??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kimt816, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. kimt816

    kimt816 Out Of The Brooder

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    i was wondering what the difference is between the infrared lamps and the clear ones. my first batch of chicks are getting ready to hatch next week and i have the clear bulb but see the red bulbs on all the sights with supplies is their any real advantage or difference.[​IMG]
     
  2. jforsness

    jforsness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I brooded my 3 B's with a white light just fine. Some say the red light allows them to sleep, but they slept well with white.
     
  3. joanc

    joanc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience, the red light keeps the picking down. White light seems to encourage chicks to fight more.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    The main advantage to using red light seems to be that it decreases the chance of pecking issues.
     
  5. kimt816

    kimt816 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks everyone
     
  6. campbellhatchery

    campbellhatchery Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I have nearly 150, I started out with red but its a bit to hot for them in the stack brooders. I went to white and they started pecking and fighting. When I went back to red they slept better and stopped fighting so much.
     
  7. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's what I had heard as well. Does it matter the length of time they have artificial light per day? I keep mine indoors for the first 2 months or so with flourescent lighting on most of the time. Is that bad for them?
     
  8. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    One thing we have noticed is the red heat lamp does last longer than the white. I don't know if it is just the brand our local Lowes carries but it seemed like every time you turned around one of the clear bulbs was blown. Has anybody else noticed that?

    Steve in NC
     
  9. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Haven't blown a single bulb of any color using them over brooders. The only bulbs I've blown in the past year was a bad wiring issue in the bathroom that caused all the bulbs to go out over the mirror when both the fan and lights were turned on. Every color of incandescent bulb should produce the same amount of heat. The same amount of electricity goes into it and the same ratio of heat to light generated applies. The only difference is that our eyes pick up yellow and green spectrum light better than red and blue so it appears brighter to us. Same with most animals.
     
  10. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the info. I was wondering as well.
     

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