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Red Light or Heat Plate.

I have been using a red light bulb for chicks and I am getting on fine but I am wondering are the heat plates a good job as i am thinking of getting a couple.
I am just wondering really the advantages/disadvantages of a heat plate vs red light bulb, including which is more energy efficient.

Thanks

SF94
Friday, June 19th, 2020

The heat plate is about 1/4 of the wattage of a red lamp much cheaper to run

theottersdaughter
Friday, June 19th, 2020

The heat plate is better in my opinion. Day and night are clearly defined for the chicks and allows them to rest when it's dark. They are less lightly to peck at each other with natural light too.

Joseph lawler
Friday, June 19th, 2020

That should read "likely"

Joseph lawler
Friday, June 19th, 2020

Heat plates win hands down. I'm using them all the time. Regardless of number of chicks they work perfectly. 100% reliable.

CraggKlefor
Saturday, June 20th, 2020

The upside I guess to lamps is that they can be used for other uses too. They also dry up the area better if you have ducklings. Plus they provide light as well as heat whereas the plate you'll have to have another light source.
Heat plates probably better alright though cheaper to run and less of a fire hazard. I only will use heat lamps though.

Adrian Kelly
Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Thanks for the advice. I have bought one since I put up this post and its working well with no problems. The main reason I bought one is to reduce esb costs. thanks

SF94
Monday, June 29th, 2020


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