Stupidest question ever!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sphillips, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. sphillips

    sphillips Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2013
    New Mexico
    So I know my chicks need a heat lamp. I've been doing a lot of reading, and read somewhere that if you have a wire brooder you need another bulb for a night light. Doesn't the heat light need to stay on all the time???????[​IMG] I will be raising my chicks in some old bathtubs.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Yes, the heat lamp stays on to keep a steady temperature. I'm not sure what they were talking about when they mentioned a night light.
  3. MsChickenMomma

    MsChickenMomma Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 2, 2012
    Yeah I keep my heat lamp on 24/7 until they are about one and a half months to two months old. Every week you just raise the heat lamp a little so the temperature drops 5-7 degrees each time. You'll want to buy a thermometer to lay in the bottom of the coop. For the first week they need 90-95 degree temps. Just make sure they have a cool side so they can get out of the heat if they are getting too warm. I don't know about them needing a night light. The heat lamp should be more than enough light. See what everyone else says about that. [​IMG]
  4. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    The heat bulb doesnt have to give light off. some folks use ceramic or infrared bulbs. The ceramic last longer and you really dont have to worry about them burning out over night. The day light source can be a regular bulb or even a energy saver bulb.
  5. sphillips

    sphillips Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2013
    New Mexico
    So do I need two different lamps? One for light, and one for heat?
  6. FeatheredFreind

    FeatheredFreind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2012
    Clear Spring, MD
    no just heat but make sure they have some kind of day light. They wouldn't do well in a dark closet for example. Chickens cant see in the dark so depending on how you have them covered as long as they have natural light to eat drink play and grow 3/4 of the day they be fine.

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