Red light vs. White light

chickenteacher2

Songster
7 Years
Apr 24, 2012
258
5
108
Desert, S. CA
Read something on here after my first hatch that red light was more calming for chicks. So, my second hatch I bought a red light and I think it's totally true. These guys are almost always calm when I see them. Just FYI!
 

Firefly1v

Songster
11 Years
Jan 13, 2009
182
4
121
FL
Red is more calming because they don't see it as day light. If there is a white light they think it is day time 24/7.
 

goldies99

Songster
9 Years
Jul 22, 2011
611
24
171
the red light allows them to sleep......it is hard for them to sleep with white light....
 

cva34

Songster
8 Years
Aug 10, 2011
679
44
164
Van Vleck ,TX
Red /White I've used them all.Really bright white/clear encourage picking.Red reduces picking (use it if thats a problem).White/clear thats not too bright or Red its a flip of a coin.Wattage and Temp are more important, I Think....cva34
 

Izzymoon

Songster
7 Years
Apr 19, 2012
332
17
118
My Coop
I thought my brooder kit would come with a red bulb, but it didn't, it was white. I watched closely and they never picked on each other.
 

dainerra

Crowing
9 Years
Jun 4, 2011
3,595
560
296
I've always used white. They only spend time under it for the first little bit. The light is usually off around 2 weeks. They only use it consistently the first couple days. After that, they run back for a quick warm-up and then back to playing in the rest of the brooder.
 

A.T. Hagan

Don't Panic
12 Years
Aug 13, 2007
5,379
194
303
North/Central Florida
I've raised I don' t know how many hundreds of chicks over the years. Have used both red and white lights. Can't say that I've noticed a whit of difference between them so far as chick behavior has been concerned. If there is a problem with feather picking or cannibalism I'd first look to how crowded they are and then to the quality of their feed (particularly the protein quality) as being the likely culprits.
 

cmom

Hilltop Farm
12 Years
Nov 18, 2007
23,113
13,810
641
Florida
My Coop
I've raised I don' t know how many hundreds of chicks over the years. Have used both red and white lights. Can't say that I've noticed a whit of difference between them so far as chick behavior has been concerned.
I agree. I have hatched and raised hundreds of chicks too and have used both red and white light and have had no problems with either light.
 

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