OUCH! 250w Red Bulb

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by enggass, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it normal for a bulb of this type to rack up my electric bill when it is on 24/7?
    My electric bill has skyrocketed since having it on.
    Has anyone else noticed this?
    Steve
     
  2. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    Holy CRAP!! Mine are under a 75W and are just fine! Might want to get a lower wattage bulb... unless you have a HUGE brooder!
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Uhhhh, yup. [​IMG]
     
  4. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds are now 5 weeks old. They are in a brooder that is 3'x4'. I can get the light with 24" of the bottom.
    What size bulb could I get away with... ?
     
  5. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    5 weeks old, if they are pretty much feathered out, I'd say none. Mine were outside at that age.
     
  6. forrestacres

    forrestacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 10 chicks (5 wks today) are in the coop with a 75W bulb and they are plenty warm. No chick piles (as opposed to pig piles) in my coop.
     
  7. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just swapped it out with a 75w house bulb. Man, that was worse then my dehumidifier!
     
  8. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
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    LMAO!! What is your brooder like? If it's closed in, then you should be able to get away with a smaller bulb for future chicks.
     
  9. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    I never use more than a 60 watt. I just lower the lamp to 12 inches or so when they are first hatched and slowly raise it as needed.
     
  10. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's closed in except for the top. They will be fine now.
    In fact, the other day after changing their water and food, I went to work and had forgotten to put the light back.
    They went all day without any light. [​IMG]
     

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