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Red vs white heat lamps

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chuckcluck, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Chuckcluck

    Chuckcluck Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wondering if anyone has an opinion on white or red lamps. Have always seen red, but tractor supply has both.
     
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Personally, I use red because that way they don't have a harsh light baring down on them. [​IMG]
     
  3. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard red is the best for two reasons
    Like LRH97 said, it's a lot less harsh on them. Red light is a lot easier for them to sleep through than white light because white light is more glaring.
    Another reason why red is better with chicks is because it reduces feather picking and cannibalism. Chicks seem to be more susceptible to cannibalism and the red light lessens the chance of them picking at each others eyes and toes (curiously).
     
  4. Chuckcluck

    Chuckcluck Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, that's what I went with.
     

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