Is it ok to keep a brooding lamp on birds at this time of year?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by redchicken, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. redchicken

    redchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wondering if it is hard on them to lay eggs from now till around Octoberish?
     
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    By saying brooding lamp do you mean the heat lamp? If you get a red bulb it will be just fine for them. I leave two on all day and night to help keep the hens warm and they are all laying just fine.
     
  3. redchicken

    redchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Why does the color affect them and is it bad if it is a normal light bulb?
     
  4. chick_newbie

    chick_newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I second the red lamp bulb. I have 1 in my coop all the time as it is very cold here at night. I also have a regular light bulb for those cloudy days. My little flock is as happy as happy can be.
     
  5. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    The red heat lamp allows the chickens to sleep at night and doesn't mess with their dark and light hours. Iv'e been told that they can't see red light very well.

    I do know that I had a white heat lamp in my brooder and the chicks were really pecking one another. when I changed it to a red one they calmed down and are very mellow.
     

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