They're hatching and I don't have a heat bulb!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by winstonsgrrrl, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. winstonsgrrrl

    winstonsgrrrl Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 10, 2009
    My quail are hatching and I'm just now getting my brooder set up. I've got a rubbermaid tub with a clamp-on lamp, but no heat bulb. How long can the chicks stay in the bator, and will a 60 watt bulb keep them warm enough?
  2. dragonchick

    dragonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2007
    The 60 watt bulb will work but you may have to place it closer for a little while. When we brooded our day old chicks we used a 75 watt incandescent bulb to save on electricity. Those heat bulbs can run the bill up quite a bit.
  3. Painted Spirit

    Painted Spirit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2009
    I used a 100 watt and got them plenty warm I did have to put it lower in the container but it was still 18 to 24 inches from the chickies. I used a 60 watt for a while but they seemed a little too cool with that.

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