Using light bulb for heating

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by adeelumer, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. adeelumer

    adeelumer In the Brooder

    Jun 24, 2015
    Hi there,
    I have been using a 60-watt light bulb for my brooder heating. The chicks are 4 weeks old now and come and go under the light bulb as they please. The bulb stays on 24/7. Since i dont check up on the chicks all the time, i wanted to ask if the constant light from the bulb would cause any sleep deprivation to the kids?
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Many people do as you do but like all animals, they need a light and dark period each day.
    I keep the lights on for about the first 3 days because they sleep so much, they'll sleep through it but when they wake up day or night, they should have food and water available.
    I use ceramic heat emitters rather than light so I can give them 8 hours of darkness.
    You may be able to do the same wrapping the bulb with aluminum foil.
    If they're indoors, they probably don't need the heat at all any more.
  3. Naser

    Naser Songster

    Oct 29, 2014
    Electric hen works for me, it emits no light, low electricity consumption, low risk of fire and the chicks love it

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