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    Default Heat lamp confusion

    I am doing all the research I can before I buy my eggs. Still not decided between chicks and ducklings yet. However the confusing bit is the heat lamp for my brooder. All I can find in local stores are for reptiles. Are these ok ?? Or can I use just a normal lamp and put a special bulb in. Or are there any other methods. Thanks in advance for any help

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    Never used one myself but I'm pretty sure reptile ones are cooler.
    Also , I think chicks do better with Infra red lamps as white light discouraged sleeping.

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    Have you reared chicks before?
    Just wondering why you're not getting ready hatched chicks so you don't have the problem of ending up with lots of male birds that may need culling.
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    Yep had chickens before. It’s my ten year old daughter who wants to try rearing them from eggs. And while she has the self sufficiency bug I want to encourage it. She wants to try different birds such as ducks and pheasants. But your right. The male bird problem is a concern
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    Ask her how she will feel if some of the chicks have to be disposed of, perhaps.
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    Yep we have had that conversation. Not sure it sank in though. Think it will be case of cross that bridge when we get to it

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    Think your options are

    Infra red lamps
    Heat Lamps
    Electric Hen

    The heat lamp is the most dangerous as there is a risk of fire if not setup correctly. For both the heat lamp and Infra red lamps, you need the correct fitting, chain, etc.


    Electric hen is just a heated plate with adjustable legs.
    https://www.littlefieldsfarm.com/bri...SABEgLvRvD_BwE

    Here is another supplier
    https://www.solwayfeeders.com/housin...electric-hens/

    read the blurb .. enjoy

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    Many thanks. I have been looking at the heating plate and seriously considering them

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