Which should I choose - heatlamp or brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mattsom1981, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. mattsom1981

    mattsom1981 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2015
    Somerset England
    Hi everyone,

    Well I only have a few eggs in my Brinsea Mini incubator and this is my first time attempting to hatch some chicks. I do not plan on making this a regular thing so I dont want to spend more money than is nessacary here.

    Thinking about when and If my chicks hatch, what is the best heat source solution for me? I have been looking at the brooder's which look great but seem overkill for just 1-4 chicks. The heatlamps are obviously cheaper but Im a massive worry-pot when it comes to fire hazards so not sure what to go for here.

    The "Comfort 25" brooder ive seen seems reasonble for the price, but is it too big? Any help much appreciated here!!

    Kind regards and thanks,

  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    I think brooders are best
    1.they are efficient
    2.there isn't a fire hazard
    3.there I sent a light all the time
    So the chicks can get sleep
    The heat lamp had none of the above
    There not as efficient
    They always have a light on
    And they have a much bigger hazard of a fire
    Here's a link for the brinsea brooder
    But then again some people might come on
    And say the heat lamp is best
    I have had my brooder
    The same as the one in the link
    For 4 years and has had many chicks
    In it and is still going strong
    It is probably cheaper in the long run
    To have the chick brooder
    And if you decide you don't want to hatch chicks
    Anymore the brooder is easy to sell
    Much easier than selling a heat bulb
    But it's all your choice
    But I would go with the brooder
    Hope this helps
    Heres a link to one I found for sale
    You can change the price to pound from euro
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2015
  3. mattsom1981

    mattsom1981 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2015
    Somerset England
    Hello Chickengrass, thankyou for your very informative and detailed reply. On the back of that I have gone ahead and purchased the Brinsea Ecoglow 20 from Amazon. I managed to get it on a "warehouse deal" a little bit cheaper! :) cheep cheep lol!

    While I am here, I was wondering if newly hatched chicks upset eggs that havent yet hatched? I have a couple eggs in my incubator that are about a week older than the others.
  4. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    Ok goodluck with it
    The un-hatched chicks
    Won't get disturbed by the hatched ones
    It happens me because sometimes chicks hatch 2 days late
    And others might hatch 1 day early
    So there's always going to be a chick
    Moving the eggs around
    Also do you know you leave the hatched
    Chick in the incubator for 24-48 hours before
    You put him in the brooder so he can dry off
    You won't need to give him food or water
    Because be four they hatch they absorb
    All of the yolk and can live for 48-72 hours
    After hatching without food and water
    Also if you can it's best to put 2 chicks into the
    Brooder at the same time so they have company
    But you don't have to do this
    I usually keep the chicks in the incubator for 24 hours after they hatch
    But as I said they can stay in for up to 48 hours
    But if the chick that hatched is causing damage
    And no others hatch so far just take him out
    But keep and eye on him if he is in the brooder on his own
    Like if you can rub him etc.
    Untill he has company from another chick
    And 1 last thing is
    If no chicks hatch within the 21 day
    Give them until the 25-26 day in the incubator
    In case they hatch late
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2015
  5. jrjoplin

    jrjoplin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2015
    Bridge Creek, OK

    The hatched chicks won't upset the eggs but you won't want to leave them in the incubator more than a day or so. Just like a shipped chick they're good for about three days on their own but you'll want to get them in the brooder with food and water.
  6. mattsom1981

    mattsom1981 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2015
    Somerset England
    I did learn that I need to leave them in the incubator for a while, but I wasnt sure on the length of time :) I will leave them in for 24 hours then! And thankyou jrjoplin for your input! appreciated as always :)
  7. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    If you can still cancel your order for the Ecoglo, I sure would. Many of us are now using a simple, inexpensive $30, heating pad for brooding chicks, either indoors or even outside in all sorts of temperatures.

    See "Mama-heating pad in the brooder" thread on this forum.
  8. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    I hatch all my eggs in 2 of the Brinsea Advance Mini Incubators. I just love them! Holds 7 eggs each.
    I have found that if a chick hatches, it doesn't impact the other unhatched eggs if you lift the lid and quickly remove the egg shell. The incubator is so small it recovers temp and humidity really quickly. It gives the hatched chicks more room to move around so they don't stumble over the unhatched eggs so much. I do watch the unhatched eggs to make sure they don't get tumbled into an upside-down position. If they do, I quickly remove the lid and right the egg. Once I had an egg not hatch because the hatched chicks kept it upside-down and the chick couldn't get out. I only had that happen once when I wasn't removing the extra egg shells. No problems now that I am removing the shells and giving the hatched chicks more room to move around. Still, it is better to leave the chicks inside till they dry off.
    Best Success,

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