White or red heat lamp?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by szieg1, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. szieg1

    szieg1 Out Of The Brooder

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    hi got another question my chicks are all hudlled together away from the heat lamp what does this mean are they cold? also i have a white and a red heat lamp on right now (night) will the brighter white light keep them up? and which is better?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If they are as far away from the heat lamp as possible they could be too warm. Are they also panting and/or holding their wings out away from their bodies? If they look comfortable, just sleeping away from the light then chances are they are fine.
    I prefer the red heat bulbs. The chicks seem calmer and it's said to reduce pecking issues.
     
  3. Spires6

    Spires6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used white and red both with good results. I have been told that the red lights keep them from pecking each other.
     
  4. robot rooster

    robot rooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Red Lights are always better, it helps them to sleep better than a white light. Hope it helps, have fun
     
  5. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found it best to use the white light during the day then red at night. I heard it is better for them.
     
  6. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two brooders going right now. One has my red heat lamp, one has a 75 watt lamp on it. The brooder full of chicks with the red heat lamp has always seemed a wee bit more comfortable. I say go with red.

    And if they're all piled away from the light, you need to raise it a few inches, until they spread out all over the place. That's a sign of the temperature being right. They need about 95 degrees the first week, then lower the temp about 5 degrees each week thereafter. But I don't use a thermometer - I just watch the chicks' behavior. They'll let you know they're comfortable.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    [​IMG] I never used a heat lamp in my brooders. I used a plain white 60 watt bulbs in my brooder lamps. I also put wireless digital thermometers with an alarm in my brooders. I also cover my brooders to help keep the heat in. I set the alarm for a specific temp. If a brooder reaches that temp the alarm will sound in the house so I can go check. Once a light bulb did burn out at about 2 am. I also watch the chicks and see how they are behaving, if they are huddled together or not.
     
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