heat lamp

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by fil76, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. fil76

    fil76 Chirping

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    when you first put chicks in a brooder what is the lowest watt bulb you can have if it is a proper red
    heat bulb or no light reptile bulb
    cheers fil
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    Pictures and a good description of your setup, where and how you plan to house your chicks would be very good information for us to be able to help you.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    It depends on the size of the brooder. If in a relatively small space like a large moving box 75 watts is adequate. Ceramic heat emitters like those used for reptiles are much better. They allow you to regulate the day/night period, aren't as fragile as the glass types and are more efficient.
    Red isn't necessary. It does tend to hide injuries but you can't provide a dark period.
    After 3 days, I start the chicks on about 4 hours of darkness and graduate to 8 hours after a few days.
     
  4. fil76

    fil76 Chirping

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    after reading more I am going to try the ecoglow 20
    cheers fil
     
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