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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ChickenBoy19, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. ChickenBoy19

    ChickenBoy19 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 10, 2016
    Chicago Land, Illinois
    Hello everyone i am totally new to backyard chicken keeping. I'm getting RIR's Feb.22...
    I've done some research but i have one question: What kind of bulb do i need to have in the brooder if i only get five chicks?
  2. doc637

    doc637 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 20, 2016
    Hey ChickenBoy,
    Congrats on the soon-to-arrive chicks. I assume you will be using the light as a heat source for your brooder? If so, look for something along the lines of an infrared heat bulb or an incandescent heat bulb (commonly 250w). If you get one of the infrareds that doesn't emit heat, you probably do want a small light source for them if they are not in a lit room. Red bulbs can also be used to minimize picking- but I wouldn't expect that to occur much with just a few chicks. You can normally find heat bulbs easily at places like Amazon or even in local country stores (such as Tractor Supply Company, or Atwoods, or whatever is common in your area).
    You may also want to check out The Learning Center, you might find some of the articles useful such as
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  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help!

    Good luck with your future chicks!

    You really can use any size bulb for your chicks just as long a they are kept warm. Some people use huge bulbs such as a 250 watt whereas others, like myself, only use a 60-100 watt bulb. Just remember these temp guidelines:
    1st week: 95-90 degrees F
    2nd week: 90-85 degrees F
    3rd week: 85-80 degrees F
    4th week: 80-75 degrees F

    You probably will have noticed that each week you need to decrease the temp in the brooder by 5 degrees. Hopefully, by the 4th, 5th or 6th week, you can remove the heat source since the temp in the brooder will be the same as room temp.

    Like @doc637 said, red bulbs are a good choice as they have been proven to reduce pecking/cannibalism and even keep chicks more comfortable.

    Hope this helps! Be sure to check out our learning center!

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. You have some great advice already (which is good cos i know nothing about using incubators [​IMG]) so I'll just say a big hello!

  6. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2013
    Hi and welcome. You will find all kinds of information on this site and learning center. The temperature is more important than the type of bulb but I have read several warnings about using the coated bulbs with chicks.
    You can also look up "Mama heating pad" for using heating pads with chicks. In addition to the heat lamps I sometimes use I also have a Brinsea Ecoglo20 which mimics a mother hen and the peeps can get under it. It's perfect for raising smaller numbers of babies.
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I'm a RIR fan myself, good laying birds and spunky personalities.

    Thanks for joining us!
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  9. ChickenBoy19

    ChickenBoy19 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 10, 2016
    Chicago Land, Illinois
    Thank you everyone that welcomed me to BYC! Thank you also for such great info!!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  10. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    You're welcome...that's one of the best things about this place, everyone is here to help!

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