Heat lamps

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jamie Hazel, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. Jamie Hazel

    Jamie Hazel Hatching

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    Hey! Im new to chicks! I was just wondering if a 50 watt infrared bulb would be enough heat for two chicks??
    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. ThenNotSoChickenMaster

    ThenNotSoChickenMaster Chirping

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    Yes, that's good enough.
     
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  3. debid

    debid Crowing

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    Yes. Now, make sure it isn't coated in PTFE. It shouldn't say "shatter resistant" anywhere on the package.
     
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  4. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    do you have a heating pad ? one without a auto shut off they are safer make a small hoop of wire in the brooder set the heating pad on low so they can go under
     
  5. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie All My Friends Have Hoofs

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    Please place a thermometer in the brooder first and adjust the height of the light to get the proper temp. Then place the birds after.. :D
     
  6. Ulaidian

    Ulaidian Chirping

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    Here, I have loads of heat mats.. I might try to make something like this.
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    I am also a fan of heating pad brooding. Much safer. Much more natural. No matter what method you choose, you must realize that your brooder is not meant to be a warm box. It is meant to keep the chicks contained safely, while giving them plenty of room to run, fly, and play. It also needs a tiny little foot print of warm area, (think how much area a broody hen has to provide heat while she has her chicks outside running around in what ever the ambient temps happen to be.) By the time the chicks are 2 weeks old they should have a minimum of 2 s.f. of open space per bird. (IMO)
     
  8. Ulaidian

    Ulaidian Chirping

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    I have some huge mats, some small.. Just trying to decide on the best cover. I don't want them touching it directly, just being able to get in under.
     
  9. Molpet

    Molpet Free Ranging

    the heating pad cave works by them touching it.. like a mama hen
    eta I cover mine w/a zipper pillow case, so they don't get hung up on anything or stuck
     
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