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Tube heater as brooder?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by irmad, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. irmad

    irmad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, has anyone use the 1ft tube heater as a brooder. The red heat bulbs sometimes burn out killing the chicks.

    I was thinking of putting a red led light bulb in the brooder and using a 1ft tube heater as electric hen.

    Has anyone tried this?
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I saw a post sometime ago where another member used a piece of PVC pipe stuffed with Christmas lights with caps on the ends as an electric hen of sorts. Does that sound similar to the tube heater you're thinking about using?

    Another option for you might be a "momma heat pad". Its just the general heat pad we use for aches and pains laid over a bit of hardware cloth to make a heating pad cave the chicks can go under. You'd want to cover it with a towel or something to keep the poo off it and try to find a heating pad that doesn't time out. There a thread in the Baby Chicks section of the forum about them :)
     
  3. irmad

    irmad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm attaching a photo.... this stays fairly warm, it's safe and very cheap to run. I've got one of eBay for £16.
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  4. irmad

    irmad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is 1ft long, 60w and stays nice and hot like a glow worm 100w red bulb.
    Do you think this would do the trick?
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, thats pretty much exactly like the PVC one I'd seen on here. Are you using it inside or outside (if outside, what's your weather like)? It will probably be fine as a back up if you're using it outside and its cold, which it sound like is how you intend to use it. If its cold where you are, I would definitely only use it as a back up. But, if its warm enough where you're using it, you could probably not use the heat lamp at all.
     
  6. irmad

    irmad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going to make a brooder within my chicken coop because my coop is quite large. I'm from uk and it's pretty cold here. I was going to use this tube heater instead of the heat lamp. I was going to fit a small led bulb in the brooder so that the chicks can see what they are doing.
     
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

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    I would definitely test it out before your chicks arrive or are moved out. You might find that the tube heater just doesn't get warm enough and might have to add a bulb that will produce heat to compensate.
     
  8. irmad

    irmad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would you know, whats ideal temp for chicks in brooder?
     
  9. howfunkyisurchicken

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    A good general guide is 99F the first week, and -5 each week after. But, chicks can deal with temps that are a little cooler. Its always better to be a little cool then too hot!
     

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