Lighting for chicks red vs white

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickenCrazy8, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    366
    3
    118
    Jan 16, 2012
    Canada, Ottawa
    My Coop
    Hi!
    In the past I have used a basic white light for the brooder, but it sounds like a red heat lamp is a good option too. Do you feel like on or the other is a better option? What wattage would you recommend for the red heat lamp--40watt, 60watt?
    Also, how long do you recommend keeping the light on for? I can't really remember how long I used to keep the light on--I think maybe 24hrs for the first couple days, and then I would turn it off at night?
    Any comments much appreciated!!
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Always Thankful Premium Member

    11,881
    3,378
    416
    Mar 3, 2015
    Virginia
    I have a red light and never used a white light before so I don't know the differences. The red light is good for many reasons 1 of them is if a chick is bleeding the other chicks won't peck at it since everything looks red. I use my light 24 hours until they are almost a month.
     
  3. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    366
    3
    118
    Jan 16, 2012
    Canada, Ottawa
    My Coop
    Interesting, thanks so much! Do you know what wattage your light is?
     
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Always Thankful Premium Member

    11,881
    3,378
    416
    Mar 3, 2015
    Virginia
    No [​IMG] I'll go see if I can find out!
     
  5. WildfireSmitty

    WildfireSmitty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Use red, it helps to keep your birds less aggressive as well. They can rest more when they need too with red lights.



    x2
     
  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Always Thankful Premium Member

    11,881
    3,378
    416
    Mar 3, 2015
    Virginia
    I can't figure it out [​IMG]. I'm pretty uneducated when comes to stuff like this![​IMG]
     
  7. WildfireSmitty

    WildfireSmitty Chillin' With My Peeps

    They are 175 watts, you want them rated for the bathroom/barn use. If you get the other ones, the red washes off when cleaning your bulbs
     
  8. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    366
    3
    118
    Jan 16, 2012
    Canada, Ottawa
    My Coop
    Thank you so much WildfireSmitty and Chicken Girl1 --hugely appreciated!!!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by