250-watt infrared heat bulbs provide heat to your growing baby chicks. The red color of this bulb helps deter chicks from picking at one another and also makes it easier for them to sleep.
But we really don't want you to buy this. Really. While these
are the most popular heating device for baby chicks, we can not
recommend them for chicks or coops. Here's why:
So, what are those alternatives? These are all safer heaters. They use far less electricity and pose a far
lower risk of catching fire, reaching no more than 185 degrees. (Many
people claim there is no fire risk at all with these heaters). They are
costlier, but in the long run you will save due to your lowered
- Surface temps exceed 400 degrees.
- People and children have burned themselves
- Fires can (and do) happen. Heat lamps carry a risk of fire because coops and brooders are dusty places, and the bedding is flammable. Read about our own staffer's heat lamp-caused fire (and he wasn't the only staffer to have a fire!)
- They are not energy efficient; heat bulbs cost $3-$5+ per week of continuous use more to run than the alternatives.
- Light-free heat sources allow chicks to sleep at night
- Update 4/9/20: Just received this message
for one of our customer service reps "I am very sad I had to take a call
from a customer who lost her chicks last night due to a brooder fire.
We know it's possible with those heat lamps, but it's still really sad.
They had been waiting for their babies since Dec when they placed their
order and they had all arrived safe otherwise."
All that said, if you feel infrared bulbs are the best choice for you, make sure to secure them safely with a heat lamp with clamp, and please don't use them in your house.