How many watts??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by johnnalei, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. johnnalei

    johnnalei Songster

    May 18, 2009
    I'm going to switch to a red bulb but does that mean I need to change the wattage? Right now I have a 100 watt bulb that keeps my brooder at 95 degrees. Should the red bulb also be 100 watts?
  2. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    I don't think you can get 100w red bulbs at farm stores, but if you get a higher watt bulb, you can either put the bulb on a dimmer, or raise it. I'd try to get a 125w red bulb, if you can find one. The more standard size is 250w, but if a 100w bulb keeps your brooder at 95 degrees, you might not need that big of a bulb (larger bulbs use more electricity, too). I wonder – do reptile bulbs come in lower wattages? That might be what you could use, but they might be more expensive than a normal red bulb from a farm store.

    I don't think red bulbs give off less heat than white ones, but maybe I'm completely wrong. [​IMG]

    Maybe someone wiser than me in chicken-raising will join this thread and give you better help. This is only our first batch of chicks, and we've still got plenty to learn.

    BTW – we use a 250w red bulb on a dimmer, but our brooder might be bigger than yours.
  3. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
  4. johnnalei

    johnnalei Songster

    May 18, 2009
    Interesting. Well, I found a 100 watt red lightbulb on, so should work [​IMG]
  5. heronz

    heronz Songster

    Jun 8, 2009
    I wish I could find ir bulbs with lower wttage but can't find anything other than 250 watts.
    Checked out all the hardware stores(Home depot) etc.-Nothing.

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