Is a 250 watt bulb too HOT???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hanh3197, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Hanh3197

    Hanh3197 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2011
    Bay Area
    I've read that sometimes it's too strong and gets the room it's in really hot/warm...
    any input??? [​IMG]
  2. ruthless

    ruthless Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Mount Vernon, Mo
    It depends on where/when you are brooding your chicks. If you are inside a building such as the house and the temps are warm inside than the 250 wt is too hot. I successfully use 75 down to 40 wt bulbs in a normal temperature house.

    If you are brooding outside and it is cool or cold then you may need the bigger heat bulb. Put a thermometer under the bulb where the chicks will be and check the temp.
  3. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    we live in a cool coastal climate on the atlantic coast so a 250 watt heat light is definitely not too hot. We were instructed to raise it a little bit each week until they're feathered and no longer need it.
  4. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    By ALL means put a thermometer under that lamp before you put chickens! If the chicks are a week old raise the lamp until the temperature reads 90 degrees. Thats where you should start. If the chicks huddle together underneath the bulb, then they are too cold and you should lower it fractionally. If they scatter away from the bulb, then it is too hot and you should raise it. For every week of age lower the temp under the bulb 5 degrees by raising the lamp. After about four weeks you should be able to do away with the bulb entirely, providing that the night time temperatures do not fall below 60 degrees. If they do, then you should have the lamp on at night when temps fall below that level. After six to eight weeks they shouldn't need any lamp at all.

    I feel that 250 watts is too much inside a house unless you have a huge brooder with more than say 20 chicks. With 10 chicks I would use 100 watts. With my five chicks I used 60 watts and it was plenty.
  5. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    I agree that a 250 watt lamp is too much indoors or even outdoors if the ambient temps are high. I used a 65 watt flood lamp in my brooder and it put the temp right at the 88-90 degree mark with the lamp about 18 inches up. But I only had 8 chicks max at a time, so they were able to snuggle up under the light spot easily. I think more chicks would have required a higher wattage lamp mounted higher to provide the necessary warmth to a wider area.

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