Does your flock need a boredom breaker? I think this might be it! Looks like fun, and certainly would be entertaining to watch. Pretty sure even I could hang it. If your like me, installing anything is a challenge, but this seems girl friendly!
An updated review by an actual user of radiant heat from a Brinsea EcoGlow20 brooder.
Raising baby chicks in winter… we’re all set in our ways. Especially me, but right now I’m practicing what I preach about not keeping chicks in the house and using the Brinsea EcoGlow brooder in an outside shelter. Radiant heat certainly has it’s qualities, just not in every situation. Here’s why…
There are many valid reasons for using radiant heat instead of a heat lamp, and for the most part I agree with them all.
It’s pounded into our head to avoid heat lamps being they’re a fire hazard, no argument there. It’s also true that pasting up (poopy bums) is less likely to occur when using the Brinsea brooder. Another good point is radiant heat is more like being under the mother hen. But, the Brinsea does have limitations to it’s effectiveness.
The Downside, (but not a deal breaker)
Using radiant heat is compromised in temperatures below 50 degrees. In other words, it doesn’t offer sufficient heat for chicks when they need it most. So considering the fact we shouldn’t keep chicks in the family living space, and heat lamps are a fire hazard that should be avoided… what to do? Every article on keeping baby chicks specifies the importance of keeping their environment at 95 the first week, then drop the temp by 5 degrees each week until they are fully feathered.
I realize there is constant controversy over the proper way to raise baby chicks. Our family has been raising chicks for three generations. My grandmother kept her chicks in the basement near the furnace, my mother in the kitchen behind the wood stove. I’ve kept them in a box in a spare bedroom with a heat lamp, then the laundry room, later in the garage. But today these practices are criticized. I’ve tried to comply with what today’s health officials consider safe chick rearing, and here’s my conclusion and solution.
I’m currently using the Brinsea Ecoglow20 brooder for my 6 day old chicks in an outside draft free 8×10 insulated shed. Outdoor temperature is 43 degrees. Taking into consideration the Brinsea brooder only provides enough warmth for chicks in temps above 50 degrees, I see only one solution… a heat lamp. Securely hung above the brooder box at a height to keep the interior heat at 60. Ok… truthfully more like 70.
Do I like the Brinsea EcoGlow? Definately, wouldn’t be without one. However, I don’t feel it’s the perfect solution with all the capabilities of kicking good ol’ fashion chick rearing practices to the curb. My opinion.
Does it work? Can’t hurt right? There are currently six on my property protecting my chickens from predators. I’ve had no attacks since.
I have one on each coop, and then hang a plastic owl from a tree limb with the Night Guard hanging around it’s neck.
SUPER easy to hang from any fence, or it can be screwed to a wall or gate. Not sure how long they last, but mine are years old and still going strong.
I highly recommend the Predator Eye, It’s priced at about $20 and it’s certainly worth the peace of mind. Bonus, it looks like some sort of security system, nobody really know what it is…. and that’s a good thing too. 🙂
About the Predator Eye
ASPECTEK Predator Eye Night Time Solar Powered Animal Repeller, Waterproof, Animal Control, Nocturnal Animals, Outdoor Use. Protect your home, garden, chickens and other livestock from coyotes, foxes, cougars and other animals that prowl at night such as domestic cats, deer, raccoons, skunks, etc. Available Here