Heat lamps for newbie

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chuffedchick, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. chuffedchick

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    Hi everyone. I am new to baby chicks. I have my infra red heat lamp set up over my babies. But i am worried about my son burning himself by touching it. The light i have does not have a guard. Am i able to put some chicken wire around it somehow to guard it? I have tried searching it but got no results.
     
  2. QueenMisha

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    Chicken wire would probably be fine - but if you are very worried you might consider a brooder plate instead of a heat lamp. The Brinsea EcoGlow 20 would be one great example of a brooder plate. You can't burn yourself on it, it uses less than 1/10th of the electricity, it allows the chicks to have a natural light cycle instead of 24/7 light, and best of all it can't ever start a brooder fire. I know I sound like some kind of salesman for Brinsea, but I swear, I got one for a present this past Christmas and it's probably one of the best presents I've ever received. I'm planning on getting myself a 50 Chick version the minute I can get my hands on the money for it.
     
  3. chuffedchick

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    Thanks for the reply. These will be my only lot of babies. I looked into it but it was a bit pricey for 3 baby chicks.
     
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    Mmm interesting. Thanks for the idea.
     
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    You are right there! Sunbeam has two models that fit the bill. One, the one I use, has a button for keeping it on continuously, and digital controls from 1- 6 which I like for making small temperature changes. The one that @henless found doesn't even have the auto-off feature, which is nice, it turns itself back on to the last setting after a power interruption, but only has low, medium and high for settings. I found the small Sunbeam one which I use at Walmart. You have to read the box and make sure that it has the capability of staying on but it's nice to have. The larger one I use I got from Amazon.
     

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