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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sfd6532, Feb 22, 2017.
I picked up 6 RIR Pullets to start today
I can not see the rest of your brooder set-up but I can see red---that makes me think you are using one of the red 250 watt heat lamp bulbs----the few chicks I see seem to be staying behind things to get away from the heat. Be careful---I have raised 1000' and 1000's and 1000' s of chicks and have Never used a red 250 watt heat lamp bulb. I use the same holder but usually use a 40, 60, or 75 watt bulb lowered to where it heats only one end of the brooder----water and food on the other side----that way the chicks can get warm when needed and get away from the heat when they get warm. Good Luck
Yes, I have the red light. It has been on nonstop for a week and is adjusted to be 95 to 88 I'm watching close and they started out under it, now they are all over the place. Eating and drinking well too. It's my first batch, so all the help the better. Thank You.
RIR's lay great!
You have to have a BIG brooder to use a red heat lamp safely---I will use one as soon as I get my brooder build for about 250 chicks. For a few chicks---I use the small wattage bulbs in smaller brooders---but do have the light low enough to warm the area under the light to 95 to 100 for the first few days, then keep raising the light every few days to lower the temp. Plus a 60 watt bulb draws about 1/4th of the 250 watt. Have fun!
Lucky you, you got chicks!!! I can't wait till mine come.
I also have a 250 bulb in a small brooder, but I can barely get the temp to 95. Those that don't use them, are your chicks in the house or something else where the ambient temp is already high?
They are in the house in a spare room. I'll keep an eye on the temp and I may change bulbs. Thanks for the advice
I do not understand this----I can take a 60 watt bulb and get the temp to 95, 100 or higher directly under the light in a brooder in a unheated room in the winter here. Are you trying to get the whole brooder to 95? You lower a 250 watt bulb low enough and you get a fire. You only want one end heated---the other unheated. Think about a mother hen with 6 or 8 chicks---all that is heated by her body is a space less than the size of a paper plate. I lower the hanging dome just a few inches of the floor---what ever it takes to get the temp right. I have even used 25 watt bulbs with 3 or 4 chicks. They get under the dome of the light---warm and head back out to eat etc.
Agreed, 250W not needed unless it is outdoors with ambient temps going down quite low . If you're brooding more than 25 chicks, then perhaps you will need the larger bulb. But, in that case, you will also be using a much larger brooder. Still only heating enough space that they can all comfortably be in the warm zone to warm up as needed. So very easy to kill or over heat chicks with any heat lamp, no matter what the wattage, especially if they are in a plastic rubbermaid tote.
My house is very cold and I used a 250 watt bulb with no problems. I can get a lower wattage bulb as they grow older, but they only come in white and I don't like having a bright light on all the time. My brooder is pretty big, and the chicks usually start by huddling under the lamp until they are about a week old.