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Need help choosing a heat lamp setup!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by drewskimac, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. drewskimac

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    Hi guys, i've got eggs due to hatch in a week and i need help determining what setup to use for my brood tank. Right now i am using a standard feed tank (Just a black one i bought from tractor supply) And i need to determine a way to mount the heat lamp. Also, i need to have some sort of wire mesh over the top of the brood tank, any ideas are appreciated, thanks guys!

    (Feel free to share a picture of your own setup if you feel that is the best way to explain it)
     
  2. cavemanrich

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    Hanging the light is the best. you control temperature by adjusting height. Any screen will do for the top. Metal only. Plastic could melt or worse. Hardware cloth 1/2 inch ideal in my opinion. Reason I said any metal screen is so you don't have to think that stuff already at home wouldn't work.

    WISHING YOU BEST [​IMG]
     
  3. drewskimac

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    Thankyou man! Also, by hanging it do you mean hanging it under the screen, or above the screen. I'm just unsure as to how i would go about hanging it[​IMG]
     
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    Above for sure. But I am not sure how deep is that container from Tractor Supply ? As to hanging it, well you need to get creative,,, from ceiling or from a rack you construct temporarily. MAKE SURE IT IS STABLE AND DOES NOT FALL. FIRE HAZARD. Get help from electrician if not sure.
     
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  6. drewskimac

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    Thanks man, i'll figure something out!
     
  7. aart

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    I made a frame with 1/2 hardware cloth mesh to put over the tank,
    then set the metal lamp shade right on the mesh and used a dimmer extension cord to adjust heat output.

    You probably only need a 60-100 watt bulb for heat if it's inside the house....depending on room temp and how deep the tank is.
    You may also need more room than that within a week or two.
     
  8. drewskimac

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    Thanks for your response.
     

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