Infra lights - red or clear?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chicken crazy, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. chicken crazy

    chicken crazy In the Brooder

    Which are better infra lights - red or clear? Is there a difference if you get chickens or turkeys?
  2. GreggsEggs

    GreggsEggs Cooped Up

    Aug 31, 2007
    Caneyville, KY
    I use the red infrared heat lamp bulbs.
    I read once that the color helps with chickens pecking each other.
    How true that is or which is better I don't know.
    I prefer the red, they are not as bright as clear ones. I have several in my coop to keep the coop from getting too cold, I have them on 24/7 during the winter.
    The dimmer red light do not seem to bother my hens and their sleep cycle. My girls seem to be laying very well despite the cold winter weather.
  3. hoosierhen

    hoosierhen Songster

    Sep 26, 2007
    I have a red light inside my henhouse, and a white light in the outer coop area where their food and water is. I usually turn off the white light early evening, but it is on tonight to keep the water from freezing so quickly.
  4. chicken crazy

    chicken crazy In the Brooder

    thanks for your replies! I was thinking that I would get the red light as well. I know that they cost almost double so I was just wondering if the money was really worth it?!
  5. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Have you thought about a ceramic heat lamp that doesn't have light at all, just heat? My chickens were bothered by the (clear) infrared heat lamp. Whoo Hooo! They wanted to stay up and party!
    Some red infrared heat lamps seem fine, but in some cases it kept some chickens awake. I guess it depends on the chickens or maybe they have to get use to it if they've been use to sleeping in the dark. I was going to switch to the red, but I think I'm going to invest in the ceramic kind. You can buy them at Petco, but they are expensive. You can probable find them cheaper online.

    It's so cold everywhere. Stay warm! Good luck,

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