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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickenLoverChrista, Feb 5, 2013.
Do red "heat lamps" interfere with the chickens sleep?
I here you always use red bulbs for heat lamps for chickens. The red also calms them down.
The red bulbs don't seem to bother them as much as white ones. They won't bother you as much either!
I've been using a red heat lamp for a month with my 'orphan' flock; I'd rather Mama raised them but . . . main thing I've read is to be sure the light doesn't have Teflon as it will kill them. That said, I can't see ever using a white light. Even using the red one they seem more active thru the night than chicks under a broody. Although in my rather limited experience, the younger the bird the more sensitive to light it is . . . my adults go to bed at dusk, the kids stay out almost until dark. And if I'm out with a flashlight even the babes under the broody wake easily.
I'm a chickenlover christa too! I've heard they can't see in that light spectrum well, so it shouldn't disrupt them.