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Switch to "no light" heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sierranomad, Mar 5, 2015.

  1. sierranomad

    sierranomad Chirping

    Feb 2, 2015
    Mokelumne Hill, CA
    I'm planning on switching from my 250w red light to a 100w heat lamp that doesn't put off any light; and just wanted to ask if there is any good reason not to do this, assuming that I can keep the temp where it needs to be?

    I have to have the red light so far away from the chicks that I'm thinking that a 100w bulb closer would do the trick = energy savings. But also it would allow the chicks to have a real night's rest.

    I would have an additional light on in the room for a few hours so that they have a night of 6 - 8 hours. THis would give them 16-18 hours of light to eat and drink.

    Any reason not to do this that I haven't considered?
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Nope, no reason not to at all. If your chicks were with a momma hen, they'd sleep the whole night through. And they'd thrive :)

    Good luck!
  3. sierranomad

    sierranomad Chirping

    Feb 2, 2015
    Mokelumne Hill, CA
    Thanks, switching right now.
  4. Teri313

    Teri313 Hatching

    Nov 29, 2015
    sierranomad - Did this work for you? And what kind of heater lamp did you switch to? I've been using the 250-watt red bulbs for my goose and ducks, but it's been so cold up here in Maine the last few years I've had to keep them on just about every night. Too much light for them, and like you said, lots of energy.
  5. COChix

    COChix Crowing

    Jun 12, 2014
    My Coop

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