Question about lamps and heat

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dr8goons, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. dr8goons

    dr8goons Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question about lamps. i have babies that are suppose to hatch mon and was wondering do they have to be under a 250 amp bulb? Also at what age can i lower the bulb to a lower watt? I have one of the big metel lamps that have clips at the top of it, can that hold smaller bumlbs? or do i need a diffrant unit each time? the chicks i have under the lamp now seem to want to stay away from the heat end all the time does that meen i need to start angeling it diffrant so not much heat goes into the box?
     
  2. K7 Menagerie

    K7 Menagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wattage isn't nearly as important as temperature. If you have a smaller enclosure, you can use a smaller wattage bulb. I have a repurposed rabbit hutch I use with my chicks, and I have a 125 watt bulb in it because it maintains the needed temperature. New chicks need 90 degree temps, then decrease the temperature by 5 degrees per week.

    Hope that helps!
     
  3. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need a thermometer down in and around where the chicks will be. I tape one on the side of the brooder down next to the chicks. This will save you alot of worry. You asked about the chicks not under the light, this a sign that its too hot.
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2008
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
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    You don't need different bulbs, just move the lamp up higher to decrease the heat.
     

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