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red flood light vs. infrared

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by vtchickenlady, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. vtchickenlady

    vtchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2008
    Tonight I put a red flood light (85 watts) in the coop and immediately the chickens started to pick at each other. Why? Does infrared keep them from doing that?
  2. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pell City, Alabama
    I think the infrared is heat with very little light capability or that's how the chicks see it. The floodlight however is just that..and probably has way too much light factor for them and it'd be too bright in there to be on 24/7. Try the infrared and see the difference.
    I've only ever used the infrared and never had a picking problem.
    Hope this helps [​IMG]
  3. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa
    Red flood light or red heat lamp? I wasn't aware of 85 watt ones. 50 and 70 watts I have but anyway that's weird. Maybe they just then realised that there were other chickens in there too. [​IMG]

    I have a red bulb in my coop and have never seen that happen. They did get testy with each other during real cold snaps when they would all stay inside on their own. Maybe it wasn't the lamp? Is there anything else you changed?

  4. vtchickenlady

    vtchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2008
    I'm pretty sure it was the lamp. I had used a regular red flood light instead of the infrared. The infrared I have is 250 watts and I can't find one w/ lower wattage so thought I would try the flood light. It is only 85 watts but was pretty bright.
  5. jubylives

    jubylives Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa
    Yea that may have been it. Is this a heating thing using the flood light? If so I'd think a 100 (or less) watt bulb and reflector would be better then a flood light.

    Maybe the red flood light had them seeing red [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    sorry about that but it was there. [​IMG]

    Last edited: Dec 11, 2008
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:Most lighting stores should carry 175 watt red heat lamps. I bought two this summer.
  7. JoanneNC

    JoanneNC Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2007
    I have always used the 85watt red flood light and never had any problems. But I will say that I use them from day one so maybe they get used to it.

  8. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    DD just found a 125 wt infrared "brooder" light at Lowes'. Bottom shelf with the light bulbs section.[​IMG]
    I didn't know they made them but we always have some extra light bulbs on hand in case one goes out so we got that one and put it in with the young chicks (about 4 weeks old) and they are doing fine with it. They don't seem as warm of course, as we usually have 250 wt on them but we have 2 week olds that we are using that on. So I put a 75 wt in there also.
    I am so ready to move these wild youngins out to the coop but no can do right now![​IMG]
  9. BawkinOnTheBench

    BawkinOnTheBench Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2008
    You can also get lower wattage infrared in the reptile section of a pet store.
  10. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    Any large pet supply will have Red Heat lamp bulbs from 75 watts up. I use the creramic heaters that produce no light and a 3 watt red attraction bulb. They cost about three times as much, but are a good investment as they will last about 5 times as long.

    Last edited: Dec 12, 2008

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