White vs. Red heat lamp

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Fruit Juice, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Fruit Juice

    Fruit Juice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are red heat lamps better than white?
    I have heard that red prevents chicks from picking on each other.
     
  2. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

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    The McMurray lady told me that they sleep better with red light, and are less likely to go crazy on each other.

    Just what they said, don't know if it's true.
     
  3. Crazy_For_Chickens

    Crazy_For_Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Red is better, but I always had a white. The white works just fine. I didn't have any problems even with 50 chicks!!!
     
  4. crazyhen

    crazyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are calmer with the red lights. If I turn on the white one they fly about and bump chest( the ? males of the group). I leave the red on at night for heat and add a white during the day high enough that they don't get the heat but sort of have daylight. The white goes off at night. I think they rest better that way. Jean
     
  5. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Overrun With Chickens

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    I think red light does keep them calmer, and helps prevent picking.
     
  6. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used the white light before, and am now using the red light. They do seem calmer with the red light. I do what crazyhen does--leave on an overhead light during the day, so they have a sense of "day", and have a red light on all the time. I used to think the red light was kind of weird and it bothered me, but they seem happy.
     
  7. Three_Blessings

    Three_Blessings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always used the white lights and have never had any problems.
     
  8. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used white with the chicks I got last summer, and didn't have any problems. This time I'm using a red bulb, and I really don't see a difference. The only thing I don't like about the red bulb is that I can't see the chicks poo to make sure it's normal (I'm an over protective, paranoid mama hen [​IMG]).

    sonja
     
  9. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    Seriously does not matter the color of light.
     
  10. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    I used red last year and white this year. So far I have not noticed a difference in behavior except that this years batch of chicks seem to 'talk' more than last years. That could be due to a difference in breed though.
     

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