Heat Lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by beakkeeper, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    Hi all

    If you are heating with a lamp, maybe a red one, how are you supposed to make it dark at night. I know that they're supposed to be in full light for the first 2 days or so, but how do you keep them warm after that (at night, when it's sleepy time?)
  2. mirecipes

    mirecipes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2008
    Mine just sleep when they felt like sleeping..
    I've got some month olds outside in a brooder building I built..I still use the heat lamp at night and then a 100 watt bulb during the day when its not so cold [​IMG]
  3. freemotion

    freemotion Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Western MA
    The babies will sleep under the red lamp.
  4. The Dude

    The Dude Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2008
    Hi, I too use a 250 watt Infared heat lamp in my Chickaminiums
    with a neat little device that plugs in to the power between the
    lamp and activates it @ 35 deg's and off @ 45. It looks just like
    a outlet doubler. I also hang my fixture facing away from the roost and nest boxes facing their waterer warming it like a radiator. The "girls" acclimated to this in a couple of nights, and "hang out" in the coop on cold windy days under the light.
    You can find these "thermo plugs" at your local farm an home store and if not, contact me and I'll get you the manufacturer.
    They cost under $20. and payback should be 1 season.
    Hope this helps. The Dude @ www.Chicaminium.com
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    The red bulbs are ok to use all night, it should not effect them sleeping. They say the red is very relaxing !!
  6. EasTurdHill

    EasTurdHill Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2008
    Eastern Shore, MD
    I was wondering about that too. My 2.5 week olds seem to be nocturnal. I thought that maybe the light being on 24/7 was either keeping them awake or messing with their internal clock.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I have always brooded them with a 125 watt heatlamp on 24/7. Never had any issues because of it.
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    We use light 24/7 for the first 6-8 weeks or until they go out to the coop. Never affected any of mine either.


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