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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by quails-101, Aug 6, 2016.
Witch one of these are better for raising chicks?
Thanks for the help.
None of them. I don't advocate heat lamp brooding at all. There are lots of ways to keep chicks warm without turning the brooder into an oven.
What would you suggest then?
Click on the link I posted. It's a long thread, but there a ton of great ideas in it.
Agreed with JB. Don't waste a single penny on a heat lamp.... UNLESS you are brooding more than 20 chicks at a time. Even then, I'd use 2 heating pads. Having raised multiple broods with heat lamps, and raising 3 broods in the last 2 years with heating pads, I will NEVER use a heat lamp again, unless I'm brooding 50 chicks at a time.
I was just now heading to this section to post about my experiment with a wool hen. Here is the link to my post. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...lamp-and-possibly-no-supplemental-heat-at-all
I've only used a seedling mat for the first 36 hours after hatch. My chicks are currently 3 days old and OUTSIDE in 60 degrees with NO LAMP.
If we do it right, I don't think we need the heat lamps at all. And maybe only a bit of heat for a day or two right after hatch.
Heat lamps are good for keeping food hot until you're ready to eat it. And running up your electric bill. Heating pads are the best alternative and closest to the way a broody hen keeps her chicks warm. The best thing about heating pads is there's no danger of your chicks overheating.
Check my post above. Even the heating pad might not be needed.
Were do i get a heat pad and what wood be the best one to get?
I used a seedling mat from a garden center. https://www.amazon.com/Hydrofarm-MT10006-19-1-2-Inch-Seedling/dp/B0001WV010
Others have used Sunbeam brand heating pads that have an always on feature.