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Knowing how to safely heat your chick brooder is extremely important. Every year there is another news story about a barn or home burning down. Often it is due to a heat lamp falling or being set up improperly. It could be a life or death situation for your chicks, livestock, and even for your family. So let’s look at how to properly use a heat lamp and what other alternatives you may use to keep the chicks in your brooder warm.
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Safely Heat Your Chick Brooder with One of These Options
Heat lamps are a popular choice for heating brooders because they aren’t very expensive and they put out a lot of warmth for your baby poultry. However, if you want to safely heat your chick brooder, there are some things you should know before you choose a heat lamp.
Heat Lamps and Safer Alternatives
Before you place an order or put eggs in an incubator, consider alternatives for using a heat lamp. If the chicks will be arriving during cold weather, can you keep them in the house? Or could you time your chick arrival so that you don’t need a heat lamp?
If you can order or hatch chicks during mild weather, this is a great option. When the ambient (room) temperature in the barn is 50 degrees or warmer, you can use safer heat sources than heat lamps. This may not be possible, but if you’re raising just a few chicks it is easier to keep them in the house where the temperatures are warmer.
Finally, if neither of these options will work for you and you really need to use a heat lamp, make sure that you do so as safely as possible.
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