Red heat lamp vs. Clear heat lamp

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by El Gallinero, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. El Gallinero

    El Gallinero New Egg

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    Does a red heat lamp make chickens more aggressive towards each other? I have had two chickens die in the last 24 hrs. The only change I have made is the color of the heat lamp. Both also had a big hole in their vent area. They are 10 months old.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The theory is that red makes them less aggressive, and also encourages more rest. The holes near the vent were likely due to cannibalism, either before or after the victim's death.

    You don't give any details of your setup. Ten month old chickens do not need a heat lamp. As a rule, chickens are aggressive because they are in too little space or get too little protein. Do they have outdoor access?
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    How many birds do you have? In the coop birds need a minimum of 4 sq.feet per bird, in the outside run they require 10 sg. feet per bird, if they are over crowded they frequently will peck at each other, feather pull, and even kill & eat each other. Do you have too many roosters together maybe they are killing each other? Really need more details in order to help you. How many birds together, how many hens and roosters? Do they free range or are they kept together in a run etc?

    Do you think one bird is attacking others, or a group of birds ganging up on some. Maybe you could borrow a game camera and set it up so you can see what is going on and which birds are doing it.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC

    So sorry to hear about your problems with your birds. The posts above give some good suggestions.
     
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    10 month old chickens should have been outside and away from the heat lamp along time ago. They only need the heat lamp until they are fully feathered so 2 - 3 months. So... Good Luck, and sorry to hear you lost a few chickens...
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    I agree with all that has been said above. Crowded conditions cause cannibalism. And keeping a constant heat lamp on 10 month old birds is bad for their health. They need to get out of the coop and get fresh air and exercise. If you have been using this lamp all winter and it is very cold outside, you will need to lower the heat just as you did with them as chicks so they are not shocked to the outside temp. Get them out of the coop and give them something to do other than pick on each other.

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
     
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X5 what was said above so far as heat lamps, space issues and flock dynamics. Also double check that you do not have some sort of predator problem, the game camera is a good idea for that also.
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. As others have stated, I feel that the problem is something other than the heat lamp.
     

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