heat lamp/bulb question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jamie78, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. jamie78

    jamie78 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am debating on heating my coop this winter. If I choose to do it, I would have the lamp on a thermocube (thermostat) outlet. I've found incandescant bulbs that produce heat but not light, but I'm not sure I would want to use a 250 watt bulb. I'd rather go with 100 or 150. Can I use one of the lower wattage bulbs in the brooder lamp I bought when my chickens were peeps? It's a 250 watt lamp. Can't seem to find an answer searching on google..... thanks

    Jamie
     
  2. Luvducks

    Luvducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Colorado
    I use the Ceramic Heat Emitters that Reptile people use. My chicks eat and play all day and no light so they get on Big Chicken schedule at an early age.

    I guess these could also work on a temperature control. I do not know technicalities. They come in different wattages.
     
  3. Luvducks

    Luvducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Colorado
    Oh, I do use a lower wattage in my Brooder Lamp. 250 is way to much for my small brooder. So yes you can use lower. just do not use higher wattage.
     
  4. jamie78

    jamie78 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I wanted to be sure before I purchased any bulbs. The ones I'm looking at are the same thing you use then, the "reptile" bulbs. [​IMG] Guess this is what I'll go with then, just trying to make a final decision on whether or not to heat. I live in western PA, and it can hit below zero on occasion and is often in the teens. This is my first winter with chickens and my son and I would be devastated to find frozen chickens in the coop! [​IMG] We have four hens... one silkie, one leghorn, and two RIRs. They are definitely pets, we love them to pieces! [​IMG]
     

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