Lightbulbs *Chick Pictures*

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Andora, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I'm about to get my first baby chicks! I'm trying to get everything set up. I'm going to keep them in our back room in a wire dog crate, to keep them safe from my cats and dogs. I'm getting a clamp lamp for heat, but I'm not sure what kind of light bulb to get. Do you use a regular one? Do I need a red heat light, or a regular reptile heat bulb? What wattage? I don't want to get the wrong thing! Also, do you leave the light on all night for warmth?
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2008
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Get a red heat lamp. They have them at tractor supply, and feed stores. The light must be kept on 24/7. Start at 95 degrees and each week decrease the temp by 5 degrees until you get to 60 degrees. Though if it gets very cold at night I would still leave the lamp on.

    A 250 watt bulb is good. Make sure to get a red lamp. Also, get a cheap digital thermometer to keep in with the chicks so that you can make sure the temp doesnt get too hot.
  3. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky

    I'm going to run to Petsmart and see what they have since it's 5 minutes away as opposed to TSC, which is 25 minutes away...
  4. JohnL11935

    JohnL11935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If shopping at PetSmart (or similar) look in the reptile section. They usually carry an assortment of red heat bulbs.
  5. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    N'rn Wisconsin
    Put the lamp near one end of the crate. The chicks will regulate themselves by moving to/away from the lamp to stay comfortable.

    And, you can adjust the temp as the weeks go by by raising the lamp.

    Almost forgot... Good Luck!
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2008
  6. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I got them today!! They are sooo adorable and frighteningly fragile. Here are some terrible pictures I took in the dark tonight. Hah.



    You can see the it alright to have them on just the wire? That's how the guy I bought them from was keeping them, but his wire was closer together. I think tomorrow I'll lay some finer wire over the floor so no one accidentally gets caught. I do like that they aren't sitting in their poop or making a huge bedding mess!

    I can't for the life of me remember how many weeks old he said they were. I'll find that out tomorrow too. Their temp is right around 90 degrees on the hot side. I'm so terrified that I'm going to kill them all! [​IMG]


    Squinting in the sudden flash...this is either a buff orpington chick or a buff orp/rhode island red cross, the guy wasn't sure which.

    This should be a Welsummer...I already suspect it's a roo because it's so feisty!

  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    And now the fun begins. Do to a clerical error chicks that were supposed to be sent to one of my sons were sent to me instead. As a result I contracted an incurable case of chicken fever. I went from no chickens to 40 in less than 5 months. Enjoy your birds!
  8. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Cute... [​IMG]

    Just because it's feisty doesn't mean it's a roo. I've got one EE hen that's a crazy biotch. Seriously, I should have named her Spazz. [​IMG]
  9. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    I'm no expert, by any means, but those chickies don't look more than a week or 10 days old to me.
    Also, Alot of people suggest not to have a wire bottom. When we had our first chicks years ago, we did have a wire cage for them, AND we used newspaper ( another no-no). Although everything turned out fine, I understand why they werent the best choice. NEwspaper is slippery and can cause leg troubles. With wire, they can fall thru it, well, their legs can slip thru it. With my newest chickens, I gave them a solid surface and some pine shvings.
  10. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2008
    West TN
    I would put them something more solid down. Their little legs get hurt easily. You can use some newspaper with paper towels on top. (the paper towels don't cause the leg problems like newspaper because they are not slippery.)
    They are adorable! They do look a week old or less...

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