Red vs white heat lamps for brooders

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jerseygirl1, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, Do I use a red or white 250 watt lamp for the brooder?
     
  2. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

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    Red for brooders
     
  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Red is generally preferred.
     
  4. Eagle2026

    Eagle2026 HIGH FLYER

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    Red!
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Red,
     
  6. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Red is preferred...it is said to prevent pecking...what size is your brooder and where will the brooder be located? I ask, because you may not need the 250 W. 125 may work just as well...
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Red.
     
  8. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Red.

    Make sure to set the brooder up at least a few days in advance and test it. You need to have it setup just like it will be when the chicks are in there. Include wood shavings, paper towels, etc. Leave it on for a few hours. The check the temperature. This is the only way to know if a 250 watt or a 125 watt bulb is needed. I found that in the setup I used last year I needed TWO 250 watt heat lamps for the first couple of weeks.
     
  9. PrinceSandwich

    PrinceSandwich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    red
     
  10. chickenmamalp

    chickenmamalp Chillin' With My Peeps

    250 red heat lamp
    then I think you can downgrade to an 85
     

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