Just Say No to Heat Lamps!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rebelcowboysnb, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I truly hate heat lamps an have been fiddling with other ways to heat my brooder. I have finally came up with something I'm happy with. I have wired a string of Christmas lights to a hot water thermostat an stuffed them down in to a piece of PVC Pipe. Then put the pipe in my brooder half buried in the bedding. So now my brooder is cold but my newly hatched chicks are happy sitting on a warm piece of pipe. It should be a big energy saver, a lot less of a fire hazard an maybe its just me but the chicks seem to be feathering out quicker.

    Here's my web page on it with a video of me making it. http://cmfarm.us/pvc-heater.html

    here's live video of it working. http://cmfarm.us/cam_1.html
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Neat!! Thanks!
  3. LALASD4

    LALASD4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I use no heat at all.[​IMG]
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I hatch all winter so I don't think I would get away with no heat at all.
  5. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2010
    Pacific NW
    Checked out that website of yours... clicked on a few links... dig what your doing... looking good.

  6. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You don't heat your brooder?
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I'm in Phoenix and I heat mine... of course I only hatch on New Years Day and Easter Sunday.
  8. crazy chook

    crazy chook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
    I don't much like heat lamps either and think your idea is fantastic.
    Thankyou for sharing it with us.

    I have also been looking into using heated towel rails, works quite well too.

    Cheers Donna
  9. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Heat lamps are fine to use if your not afraid of them or don't have the ability to simply just figure it out, and many folks still don't get it. WTS I found a water bed heater ( LOL remember those ) complete with a thermostat and everything. I just lay it in the bottom of the brooder and it works great with no worries, what a great find.

  10. Beth G.

    Beth G. Gaetano Family Farm

    Just out of curiosity you all have me thinking. What about one of those heated rocks for lizards? Do you think that would work?

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