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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by jimmythechicken, May 14, 2011.
we spray painted a 100watt light bulb red and was wondering if it is okay for our turkeys to use.
Why did you spray paint it? Wont the paint catch fire and/or smoke?
A regular 100 watt light bulb will be fine, so long as the poults can be kept ~100 degrees.
Quote: I would ditch the painted bulb...
thanks guys went with the plain light.
I too had real trouble getting hold of a red lightbulb. The only one I could find having tralled through countless shops was 25w and no where near hot enough. My birds are now under a white light. I've heard that this can lead to cannibalistic behaviour but so far so good. Fingers crossed they stay nice to each other.
Might want to find a red light at at your local home improvement store. Heatlamp style or infrared.
I could only find a white heatlamp in the local grocery store at 8:30 pm the other day when I knocked over one of the stands holding the brroder lamp for one of my brooders. Seeing their reaction to the white light, compared to the red, was interesting. They had to squint with the white light. Not so with the red bulb.
Home Depot usually carries the heat lamps. Same with harbor freight.
If you need a smaller red heat lamp in 75w, 100w or so, go to any petstore.
I've always used white lights on the turkeys, even though we have red lights on the chickens. My reasoning was that when I started, I read that young turkeys don't see so well, and the white light makes it easier for them to find the food. Seeing no ill effects, I have stayed with the white lights. I am wondering if people that feel the need to raise their turkeys with chicks are using red lights, and if this is why the turkey needs help finding food? Any opinions?
I only started using the red lamps so the peeps would STOP PEEPING AND GO TO SLEEP!!!
A must, when brooding in the house during the winter.
Now I use the EcoGlow. WAAAY better, and it only uses ~18% of the electricity of a heat lamp. THe ecoglow wont work for every situation, but it sure helps the electricity bill.