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Phasing out incandescent bulbs... what's your chick-raising plan?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by iamcuriositycat, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Buy purpose-made heat lamps

    2 vote(s)
  2. Use another powered method, such as under-brooder heat pads or a professional brooder

    4 vote(s)
  3. Use a non-powered method, such as switching to broody hens, insulated self-heating boxes, or raising

    2 vote(s)
  4. Stock up on 40-watt (or other) incandescent bulbs and use them for as long as I can

    3 vote(s)
  5. Other (please specify in the comments)

    0 vote(s)
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  1. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Here in the U.S., phasing out of incandescent bulbs has begun. I think they just phased out 75 watt bulbs, and are headed toward everything else including 40-watts (the most popular wattage for raising chicks). Many countries have already phased them out--if this applies to you, answer with what you have already done/are doing.

    There goes our cheap, reliable, easily-replaced source of heat for chicks. What's your plan?

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I keep drooling over the sweeter heater and haven't been able to bring myself to spend the money yet to buy one. But that is my long-term plan I suppose. Currently I use 100 watt bulbs (I have up to three of them going at once in the winter) for brooding.
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Crowing

    Mar 6, 2008
    Northern California
    I like my Fostoria FFH series heat lamp. The quartz tubes last a long time. I'm still using the original 7years later. I just use 150 ZooMed or 250 watt Doc Woody's heat lamp bulbs for in house brooding.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2013

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