Heat Lamp (Red vs. White)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ScrmnWoody, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. ScrmnWoody

    ScrmnWoody Out Of The Brooder

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    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?
     
  2. JenMT

    JenMT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?[​IMG]:confused::confused:
     
  3. ScrmnWoody

    ScrmnWoody Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks. I missed that in my search. That helps.
     
  4. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  5. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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~
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    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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