Heat Lamp (Red vs. White)

ScrmnWoody

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 12, 2009
39
2
22
Whatcom County, WA
I have seen both white and red heat lamps used for brooding chicks. Any opinions on which is better and why? Any particular wattage that seems to work best?
 

JenMT

Songster
11 Years
Jan 21, 2009
231
1
121
Kalispell, Montana
I still use a 250 watt red lamp and my girls are 6.5 weeks old (they are outside). Red lights are usually a bit more expensive than a white heat bulb. I have not had any trouble with aggression or pecking at all. I have heard and read chickens are more calm with the red light. What do you more experienced say?
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lisahaschickens

Songster
10 Years
Feb 25, 2009
1,018
23
161
Vancouver, WA
without checking the provided link, I believe the main thought behind the red light is that it makes it harder for them to see blood. If a chick gets injured or peck and there is blood, if the others see it, they go crazy and can often kill the bleeding chick/chicken. The red light makes it so they can't see the blood as well and helps prevent that from happening.
 

Ms~Silkie~Girl

Songster
10 Years
Feb 7, 2009
694
4
141
New York STATE
I like red lights better. I've read chicken books, information on the internet and they say you should use red lets, it prevents picking

~hope it helped~
 

cmom

Hilltop Farm
12 Years
Nov 18, 2007
22,520
13,025
641
Florida
My Coop
I have used both. When they are babies I really didn't noticed any differance. The white light didn't seem to bother them. They still ate, slept ans pooped. There is a picture on my BYC Page of my brooder and light. Also, there is a BYC thread with brooders and most use white lights.
 

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