I am hoping to bring home my 2nd batch of peeps on New Years Day. The eggs went into the 'bator on the 9th. In anticipation of the event, I have spent much of the day getting my brooder ready: cleaning and sterilizing crate, litter tray, feeder, etc. Instead of going thru' 3 sizes, I have decided to go straight to the #200 I read in another thread that a black-light bulb gives more heat/wattage than regular incandescents, without keeping the chickens awake, and have put one in with my 9+ week-olds on the porch. I want them to acclimate to the time/light cycle. I am wondering if I could use one in my brooder as well. I don't know if non-broiler chicks need to eat and drink 24/7. I know we kept lights on in the broiler houses when I was a kid BUT, chicks hatched by hens only get the light their mothers get - right? Opinions please. Raising these for pullets, not broilers. PLEASE cross fingers for girls!