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    Types of Heat Lamp for Baby Chicks

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Heat lamps are essential to ensure that baby chicks survive the first few days of their existence. They grow a lot during the early stages of their life and need to be kept warm. Heat lamps are generally required for the first few weeks of baby chicks’ lives. This guide outlines the best heat lamps to use for baby chicks. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Using Heat Lamps

    • Generally, the best heat lamp to use for baby chicks is a 250-watt infrared heat lamp. These provide good heat coverage and ensure that the optimum temperatures are maintained. You should always have back up heat lamps that will turn on immediately in the infrared heat lamp fails. This will ensure the survival of the baby chicks.
    • Heat lamps should be hung over the living area of the baby chicks and the height should be adjustable, this is how the temperature is changed. Generally between 18” and 24” above the living area is correct. Temperature checks should be taken daily at the baby chicks’ feet level.
    • The temperature under the heat lamps will need to be changed over the course of the first few weeks of the baby chick’s lives. For the first week, 95ºF (35ºC) is the correct temperature. Reduce the temperature by 5ºF every week until the baby chicks are fully covered in feathers.
    • One of the best ways to determine the baby chicks’ needs is to observe their behaviour. If they are too cold they will all huddle together, and if they are too lot they will avoid the area directly under the heat lamp. If everything is as it should be, the baby chicks will sleep around the area of the heat lamps.
    • An infrared heat lamp can become very hot and can pose a fire risk if it too close to the baby chicks’ bedding. Make sure that heat lamps are kept well away from anything that could catch fire.
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