Sweeter heater in brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cryhase123, Jul 1, 2015.

  1. cryhase123

    cryhase123 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2015
    I thought this might be helpful for people looking for reviews on the sweeter heater for the brooder as I couldn't find one when I was researching. I keep the sweeter heater about five inches off the ground. I also have a light on since they are in the garage. The chicks took right to it. They stay under it and get nice and toasty and then come out, eat, drink, flap their mighty wings, and peck at each other. After a while they go back under the heater to warm up again. At about 8 or 9 at night I turn off the light and they get all quiet and cozy under the heater and then pass out. In the morning I turn the light back on and they all dart out from under the heater and attack the food and water. I have 13 Australorp under the 11" ×11" and it seems perfect. I don't know how well it would do in truley cold conditions, but it works wonderfully in the ones I have now.[​IMG]
  2. brookePA

    brookePA Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 9, 2013
    I bought 2 to warm my coops in winter since we had -36 temps the last few years. My oldest girls are about 6 and I didnt want to find frozen hens in the morning!
    They LoVe the sweeter heaters. I hang one over the roost tall enough so they can fit under. In my smaller coop I mounted it sideways near the floor. The girls curl up near it. The work on radiant heat so they can't get burned on it. I Ike that its all sealed and easy to clean. It was well worth the money.
    I used them in lieu of heat lamps with both my batches of baby chicks this spring. They loved it too!
  3. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2015
    Portland OR
    I got the 11x40" because ultimately it will go in a big coop. Had to adjust my brooder set up because it was keeping my 2x2x4 100 gallon tank at 95 degrees from 2 feet up on test runs, no cooler areas for chicks to escape the heat. I wound up putting the stock tank on its side and putting down a well-scrubbed rubber mat and cardboard walls for the first week or so.

    Important things to know - burn off the plastic smell, give it several runs prior to use. Even after you think you don't smell it anymore, run it again. The different sizes of Sweeter Heater give DIFFERENT wattage, from mypetchicken.com under product description:

    "11" x 11" : 32 watts, 2 lbs, heats a maximum of 22-25 chicks
    11" x 16" : 50 watts, 4 lbs, heats a maximum of 32-35 chicks
    11" x 30" : 100 watts, 6 lbs, heats a maximum of 60-65 chicks
    11" x 40" : 150 watts, 8 lbs, heats a maximum of 80-85 chicks"

    Everyone seems quite happy and I'm not chewing finger nails over fire danger!!!

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  4. Scotty from BI

    Scotty from BI Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2015
    Can you line the bottom with a towel so when they push up against it, they don't burn themselves. It says it goes to 185 degrees.

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