Articles for Chicken Keepers, by Chicken Keepers | July 2017

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July 2017

chickens roosting in a taj mahal backyard chicken coop

Perch Importance: Chickens Need A Good Roost To Sleep
How to Stop Chickens From Pecking Each Other in 3 Easy Steps – Countryside Network
Sick Chick: 7 Common Illnesses You May Encounter | Backyard Poultry

Polish Chickens
Tick Control: How a Flock of Chickens May Be Your Best Bet
Quick Ideas for the Best DIY Chicken Treats
Quiet Chickens – What Breeds to Choose in the Suburbs – Timber Creek Farm
Feather Loss – Health and Common Diseases – The Chicken Vet – Home of the healthy chickens

 

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Chicks and Heat Lamps | Red or Clear?

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When a brooder lamp is necessary to keep your  baby chicks warm, it shouldn’t be a blast of blinding light from a clear bulb.

If your chicks are in a small brooder, they’ll most likely become agitated if unable to escape from an annoying light. Uncomfortable living conditions can lead to pecking each other, a problem that you definitely want to avoid.

I’m not at all a fan of the clear white bulbs and switched a long time ago to red. They provide a calming environment, and as a bonus, any minor pecking that’s caused an injury is better disguised under a red lamp.

Most feed stores only carry 250 watt heat lamps, but if you’re finding the brooder too hot, there are lower wattage bulbs available. You can often find 50 and 100 watt heat bulbs in the reptile section of pet stores, or online. You may also want to research using a radiant heat brooder instead of a heat lamp. 

Does your Brooder Have Comfort Zones?

It’s easy to tell, you should see some birds huddled together under the heat source, some resting alone, some scratching in the litter, and some eating.