New chicks coming, should I get a new heat bulb?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cupman, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Well I had this 250 watt red heat bulb on my first batch of chicks beginning last spring. The heat light was on for probably about 7 weeks straight, I was an amateur and wasn't turning it off during the day as they aged, etc. Well, I threw the box to the bulb away I think so I can't read any instructions from there and I was just seeing what you guys thought. Will the light be reliable or should it be replaced?
  2. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I have one of those lights in my well house. I've had it for 4 years and it's been on for weeks on end. Of all the light bulds I've bought over the years, this one is lasting longer than any. I certainly wouldn't have a problem using it.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I don't recall the hour rating, but I've brooded at least twice with one bulb, for sure. Have another ready, if you wish. You might also find that a lower wattage bulb, if you can find one at Home Depot, etc, a red flood light, with 125watt provides all the heat you'll need, since the weather is still mild.

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