Homemade hatcher question? What watt light bulb do I use?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Smokin Silkies, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Smokin Silkies

    Smokin Silkies formerly browneyebuttafly

    Mar 27, 2009
    Western, PA
    I need to make something for when my chicks hatch. I was going to use a stryofoam cooler, but what wattage light bulb should I use? I'm only getting a small cooler because at the most, I should have 15 peeps. They will only be in there for the 1st few days, maybe a week then moved to the bigger one I have....it currently has chicks in it that can be moved outside soon.

    I have looked online and even on here, but after the first 20 pages, I gave up. Thanks
     
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  2. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    I have 2 60 watt bulbs in my bator, but it's a big one. So, I would think that 1 60 watt would be plenty. I suggest experimenting a bit.
     
  3. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    put a thermometer in there and test the amount of heat
    ofcourse remembering the chicks will add some heat from their bodies
    make sure if leaving them even a week they will need large enough room
    the tem should be 98 degrees first week then drop 5 degrees each week
    surely the styrofoam ice chest can't be that expensive
    it needs to be large enough for them to have a feeder and waterer and plenty of room to lay down
    crowding chicks is really asking for problems
     
  4. Smokin Silkies

    Smokin Silkies formerly browneyebuttafly

    Mar 27, 2009
    Western, PA
    No, the styrofoam coolers are not that much. They have enough room to move around and for feeder/waterer. I wouldn't put them in a place to where the were stepping on top of each other. I just meant that I didn't get one of those huge coolers. Thanks for the help everybody!
     
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  5. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    I have a 25 watt bulb in mine and it keeps things nice and toasty.
     

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