Whats the better heat light for raising chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by quails-101, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. quails-101

    quails-101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Witch one of these are better for raising chicks?

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    Thanks for the help.
     
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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  3. quails-101

    quails-101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What would you suggest then?
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Click on the link I posted. It's a long thread, but there a ton of great ideas in it.
     
  5. lazy gardener

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    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.
     
  6. MargaretYakoda

    MargaretYakoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
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  7. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    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.
     
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  8. MargaretYakoda

    MargaretYakoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check my post above. Even the heating pad might not be needed.
     
  9. quails-101

    quails-101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Were do i get a heat pad and what wood be the best one to get?
     
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