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what lamp type/wattage for one lonely chick?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by allmypeeps, May 15, 2009.

  1. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    ...I have only one chick- so I don't need to heat a large area.

    a couple years ago I just used a regular ole' light bulb and adjusted it to how chick was acting. Chick didnt seem to mind, but I couldnt help feeling the constant bright light was blinding.

    Actually it was an 'only chick' too, (and would squack like the dickens if I wasnt constantly near the brooder!- it thought I was it's momma!) so I made a flanel pouch that hung around my neck and used 'hothands'packets in a side pocket I made and wore her around my neck quite often because I felt it needed to feel companionship to develope normally) though it did eventually take to a stuffed polar bear like it was second momma) LOL [​IMG]

    This time I'd prefer to do things the right way though! (I know the temperature deal, and with lowering it 5 degrees each week) so Just need to know:

    what type bulb and wattage should I use to heat just one lonely chick?

    and how much do they usually cost...just asking so I know if its a deal or not when I find one.

    Thanks in advance!!!

  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    I would say an 80 watt red bulb would be sufficeint... Mine was about $3 ... You might try hanging a Feather duster upside in the brooder to give the lil guy something to snuggle in and hide...
  3. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
  4. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Never thought of the feather duster! Thats a good idea.

    I have a stuffed animal in there with her, the last 'only child' chick I raised loved the teddy bear, snuggled right under it....This one not so much but I think I spoiled her because I put towel down next to me in bed the first night and let her sleep under the covers with me.

    Now I think she expects to sleep with me all the time! She is doing quite well on her own though, chirping cheerfully to herself while she eats. she get plenty of attention and though I hear it stresses others out- she seems to love it.

    I will look into the feather duster bit- dont have one but can get one!



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