red or white light

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by noahsark, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. noahsark

    noahsark In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2010
    Klamath Falls, Oregon
    JM is sending us a first batch of freedom rangers this week. we are new to this and with the last batch of chicks I raised, the store was out of the white light so I bought red, a few days later the light broke and i put the white light in...within hours they were tearing eachother apart..Is this normal..i thought it was coincidence, that maybe the twmp was wrong, so i put the red light back, all was well. When they were 6 weeks, i put a white light back in, same problem, they were eating eachothers butts! OMG, is this gross or now wiht brand new babys coming what should I do?
  2. woodmort

    woodmort Songster

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Red--keep a couple handy in case one burns out or gets broken.
  3. harleyjo

    harleyjo Songster

    May 6, 2010
    SW Iowa
  4. maestra

    maestra Hatching

    Jul 21, 2010
    Our chicks are only 19 days old, but we use red....
    One time--for about 20 minutes--we used white, and their behaviors changed immediately--and not for the better!
    They were very aggressive with each other...
    As soon as I switched the white out for the red, they calmed down and went to sleep...
    Also, when we first brought them home from the feed store, for the first 3 days they had white, and perhaps that contributed to the horrible case of pasty butts they all had.
    I vote red!
  5. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I always use red light and have been problem free so far...
  6. Sportsterjeep

    Sportsterjeep Creekside Acres Farm

    Jun 1, 2010
    Mill Hall PA
    I use white, but that's just us. And our brooder has had chicks or ducks in it off and on since march. Yeah, we like raising birds [​IMG].
  7. Sportsterjeep

    Sportsterjeep Creekside Acres Farm

    Jun 1, 2010
    Mill Hall PA
    Double post, stupid puter.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2010
  8. Jstall

    Jstall In the Brooder

    Aug 4, 2010
    Gary, Texas
    They can not see red. Incandescent white light affects there growth. You want your chicks to rest and with a white light on they will not rest. It will cause them to be up eating and drinking.
  9. CorporateGranola

    CorporateGranola Chirping

    Aug 4, 2010
    South GA Swamp
    Big fan of the red lights... We got the bulb and base at tractor supply
  10. We've used the red lights and they perch or cuddle up together when night comes, no problems. I haven't tried white lights... and after reading your post, I don't think I shall!! [​IMG]

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