Heating bulb went out!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sekeyslaks, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. sekeyslaks

    sekeyslaks Songster

    Jun 25, 2014
    Oh Dear.[​IMG]My heating bulb just went out and I don't have a spare bulb!I have 1 week old chicks and chicks-to-be in the incubator that are about to hatch soon in a few days!!!!!! I'm worried they will be too cold!They are living in my room right now,If I turn on the hot air will that help?Until I can get a new bulb,I'm not sure what to do!Some advice would be greatly appreciated![​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2014
  2. Toddrick

    Toddrick Songster

    Sep 28, 2014
    Don't you have any regular incandescent bulbs? Your body temperature is about 99 degrees...
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser 9 Years

    May 19, 2009
    Hi [​IMG] ,
    Not a problem Just use a 60 watt incandescent bulb. Watch the thermometer in the brooder. Lower the bulb until you see the temp hit 90 degrees. No problem. Then raise it a bit till the temp hovers between 85 and 90 degrees.\ Honestly I never use a 250 red bulb in my brooders. They heat differently then the incandescent. The incandescents heat the whole area ,. That heat is just a side effect of the bulb being on . The 250 red is a heat bulb. It not only heats the area, it heats actual objects within the area. That is why parents are so careful to not leave anyone under one too long.
    I went to Salvation Army and bought an IV pole on wheels. Then I slid a wooden pole thru the 2 steel loops. Then I hung a brooder light with a 60 watt bulb on the wooden pole. It works great because the IV pole raised and lowers with the twist of the wrist in the vertical pole. Very convenient.

    Last edited: Oct 27, 2014
  4. farnorth

    farnorth Songster

    Jul 6, 2013
    Upper Michigan
    I just use a 60 watt bulb in a brooder reflector myself
  5. sekeyslaks

    sekeyslaks Songster

    Jun 25, 2014
    yes I do have regular bulbs!Thank goodness,the only reason I was really worried is because I'm raising these chicks for someone else!Thanks for the help![​IMG]

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