Type of light to use and how much light

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by simplecountryboy, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. simplecountryboy

    simplecountryboy Hatching

    Mar 18, 2009
    Is it better to use a white light or a red light in the brooder? Also is it better to leave the light on at all times while the chicks are little?
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Hi, [​IMG]

    The light is more for heat than anything anything else, so it does need to be on 24/7. Start the first week at about 95 degrees and reduce by 5 degrees each week. They will move away if too hot, and huddle under the light if too cold.

    I prefer a red bulb, because it seems to prevent them pecking each other. You can find lots more info under the Index in the blue bar above.

    Nice to have another BYCer!
  3. SummerwindNC

    SummerwindNC In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2008
    Camden, NC
    My Dad came over the other day & started laughing at the chicks under the lightbulbs. He said when he was a kid (back in the 30's-40's) the postman would deliver the everyone's chicks in one day. They were shipped by zip code & were 5 cents each. No one used lights, they simply opened the door to chicken house & dumped them in.
    Well I'm not about to see if that works so I use a 75 wt for 10 chicks. They are at about 100 degrees for the first 2 days then I raise the light little by little. I then change it out to a 60 watt. By a month old they are ready for room temperature. Of course they are mad as heck when the bulb goes away but they do just fine.

  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I'm in Phoenix and use a 250 watt bulb.

    Last year I used a white light.

    This year I'm using a red light. They are growing faster this year... go figure.
  5. simplecountryboy

    simplecountryboy Hatching

    Mar 18, 2009
    Thanks for the input.

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