What kind of light?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by derbychick, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. derbychick

    derbychick In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2007
    Charlestown, IN
    Our chicks are coming in a few days and we're needing to set up their brooder. We naively went to Lowes thinking we'd find some kind of light-thing that could plug into an extension cord, but nothing jumped out as "the perfect chicken-raising light." What do you use? Some kind of trouble-light? I was afraid that might get too hot... thanks! I'm getting a little nervous about doing this right [​IMG]
  2. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    go to lowes an get you a droplight or a machanics light.you can secure it to your brooder an run a reg 60 or 75 watt lightbulb in it.
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I picked up one of those clip-on lights with a reflector at Walmart. I, too, start with a 75 watt bulb and put smaller wattage bulbs in it as the chicks grow and need less heat. I also take a piece of hardware cloth and bend it around the front as a chick guard.
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    derbychick, Farm stores actually sell a brooder light fixture. They have a shield around the bulb, as well as a wire protector to keep the bulb from being broken, by a bird flying into it.

    I use a red heat lamp bulb that helps to keep the chicks from pecking each other. White lights, while alot of folks use them create a more stressful environment in my opinion.

    Last edited: Apr 3, 2007
  5. Saltiena

    Saltiena Songster

    Mar 30, 2007
    Peach Bottom
    i use a red heat lamp (250 watts) then i bougt a lamp dimmer at a hardware store so i wouldent have to move it i can dim it to 50' or have isat like 150'

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