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do peeps need light 24/7?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Madcap621, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Madcap621

    Madcap621 Songster

    Oct 30, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    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 [​IMG]

    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. [​IMG] Raising these for pullets, not broilers. [​IMG] PLEASE cross fingers for girls! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2009

  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    I use a red heat lamp and they sleep just fine with it. I did use a reg. light bulb and I personally do not think they did well with it. Too much light all the time. White light will cause them to peck at each other. The black light would work too if it puts off enough heat for them.
  3. chickenmeadow

    chickenmeadow Crowing

    Jun 14, 2009
    Southern Oregon
    My Coop
    Red heat lamp works best for me, it gives off a dim, less irritating light to the chicks so they can eat or drink 24/7. Like to put it to one side, so the chicks can go to the other side of their container to adjust their heat if needed.
  4. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    Red heat lamp also...24/7 till they got all feathered out.
  5. Madcap621

    Madcap621 Songster

    Oct 30, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Thanks for the feed-back! I have time to check on temp control so will check out both red and black lites. I know that at least one source says white lite makes no difference, but feel lower light does better. Sounds like a great science project to me!!! [ have a 6th grader who may need a science project [​IMG]
  6. henney penny

    henney penny Songster

    Nov 21, 2009
    Northern Maine
    Use the red.And I was told to never use a black light it does something to there eyes.Also black lights put off more heat.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2009

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