Red or Clear Heat Lamp

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dirty Dozen, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. Dirty Dozen

    Dirty Dozen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a big difference as to using a clear or red heat bulb? I read that chicks see red as black so they can sleep easier, but they're soooo expensive! Does it matter? Thanx![​IMG]
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    It's said and I believe that you will have less trouble with pecking issues with the red bulb, plus the chicks do sleep better. The red is worth the extra $$ IMO.
     
  3. Dirty Dozen

    Dirty Dozen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanx! I thought it was only me that thought that. Will get it tomorrow...
     
  4. chixie

    chixie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always used the clear lights and never had anyproblems... I wish I had the red one now though since the chicks are in my bedroom
     
  5. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
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    I used a red heat lamp and it provided the perfect heat. I never had any problems with pecking either. And the chicks slept fine. I know this because I was camped out with a sleeping bag right next to them. [​IMG]
     
  6. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
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    They say red decreases violence; I can attest because over 50 quail are dead with a white heat lamp, and 0 are dead with a red one.

    Crazy, right? It makes me mad, though. I AM SO STUPID!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. Crockett

    Crockett Out Of The Brooder

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    I used to use red lights until I read about using blue. I find either works great. Also, a can of spray paint goes a long way.
     
  8. luvmychickas

    luvmychickas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So you can spray paint a clear one with red?? i couldn't find any more red and I need another heat lamp, so if thats safe I think thats the way I will go [​IMG]
     
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  9. ksct

    ksct Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you need to be careful about spray painting..... If the light is hot, you don't want the spray paint getting hot!
    Also the red light is a little more money, but IMO as well, worth the money!
    The red light I think it hotter. We have both and used red when they birds were little and currently if it gets too chilly (a couple nights have been) we turn it on (also to allow them to see to go in the coop at dusk) and I believe the red light is hotter than the white. We will switch back to red I think it it gets as cold this winter as they're predicting.......
     
  10. luvmychickas

    luvmychickas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I think I will bring it back and either order online or wait until they get more red ones in [​IMG]

    ETA: Blue are the same as red? I am trying to look up info but can't find any [​IMG]
     
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