Will the red lamp hurt 27/7?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by addiedunn, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. addiedunn

    addiedunn Songster

    Oct 12, 2008
    Martinsville, IN
    Here is what I have...A brooder (red) lamp in the corner of the coop to keep the water from freezing and help keep the birds warm, which I now know I don't have to do from reading abou this subject on this site. I have left it unplugged all week. But now we are going to have some single digit temps for a dew days and wonder if having it on all the time for a few days here and a few days there will really mess them up? I don't have a timer. I don't care about egg production right now. And from reading others' posts, am I to understand that the red light doesn't affect them like the white light?


    They get out every day if they chose. Two always do and the other two never do.
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    We had a red lamp on for a few days and egg production was unchanged.
  3. wings

    wings Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    I live in Massachusetts and have a few handy things for winter. One is a water heater. You plug it in, and it acts as a base for their waterer. When it gets below 32 degrees, it turns on and keeps the water from freezing. I have found it handy because I don't have to think about their water.
    Also, make sure they have lots of roosting space. That way, they can fluff out and keep themselves warm.
    I used to worry about my chickens at night, but I realized that they are a lot more hardy than what they get credit for. My advice is when the temperature gets below 20 degrees and windy, turn the light on.
    I just lost a pullet to prolapse and I'm not sure if it was because the red light was on every night before that. I don't know. I would just try to limit the light to as little as possible.

    Good luck!
  4. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    My red light is on 24/7 and no problems. I bought a second one in case I need it this week. It's supposed to stay below zero for several days.
  5. Splash_Guard

    Splash_Guard Set Free

    Dec 3, 2008
    It stays in the single digits here most of the winter, the red light does not affect them. Add a 60 watt, full spectrum white light if you care about egg production.
  6. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing 9 Years

    Oct 16, 2008
    red light does not hurt anything 24/7 (even 27/7) [​IMG]

    what the red light is supposed to do is to kee very young chickens from peckng at each other, espcially if there is blood present..
  7. addiedunn

    addiedunn Songster

    Oct 12, 2008
    Martinsville, IN
    Thanks for all of the replies. I was worried about the inconsistency. But it's supposed to be really cold the next few says around here so I'll turn it back on for them. I put a splash of wine in the 2 gallon water can, too. That should help keep their water from freezing.
    You all are the best!
  8. Nif

    Nif Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    I agree with the others, I have kept a red light on during cold months 24/7, they never seem affected. I even left my white light on for a night or 2 this year when it was 0 degrees, but the red light is great...it was my old snake light.
    That is why they make it red, for the heat without the brightness.
    I have a base warmer too, for the water, and it is a great thing to have!

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    Here where the day is only 24 hours it's not a problem. Don't know much about 27 hour days though. [​IMG]

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