Updated Review | The Pro’s and Con’s of Using the Brinsea EcoGlow for Chicks in Winter
We all know that cutting corners and penny pinching usually ends up costing more money in the long run. This is especially true when raising chickens, I know this, and write about it constantly, so I figure it’s about time I follow my own advice!
Below is the Brinsea Brooder, and I bought one today… finally. It’s a far better way to keep your chicks warm than with a heat lamp. If you raise chickens, then you already know keeping chicks at a comfortable temp is near impossible. The weather changes from hour to hour, so unless you don’t mind being on call 24/7 to raise and lower the heat lamp, the Brinsea is a MUCH better way. No more worrying about baking your chicks alive under a heat lamp, or wondering if they’re too cold. That’s worth about $80 bucks to me, how about you?
About the Brinsea Brooder
The EcoGlow Brinsea Brooder only uses 18 Watts (a tenth of the electricity of typical suspended infrared lamps) because the chicks are in contact with its warm underneath surface. The brooder runs at 12v for safety from a mains transformer (supplied) and with the convenience of a generous (about 10 feet) power lead.
Different sizes of chicks are accommodated by three adjustable height settings and an indicator light confirms the brooder is connected.
Dimensions: 12″ long x 8″ wide x 8″ high
Price: About $80 on Amazon Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder for Chicks or Ducklings
Whenever there are new hatchlings there’s always something obstructing smooth sailing. This year the hot weather is hindering my ability to keep the almost 3 week old chick’s brooder below 95. I veered from my “always start chicks in mid October” rule of thumb on raising chicks. I know better, but that was too late to order the chicks I wanted. So now I’m frazzled trying to care my babies in temperatures that are soaring to near 100 and dropping some 40 degrees at night.
My indoor brooder is too small, the outdoor one is too big, standard 250 heat lamps are too hot, and a 100 watt isn’t hot enough at night. Oh my. Can’t say the chicks are near as stressed out as me, they don’t seem to mind fluctuating temps. But I do mind knowing that fluctuating temps are not in their best interest. So far, I’m quite proud to say, I haven’t lost any of my chicks.
This heat lamp thing is a giant pain, raising it, lowering it, up, down, up, down… it’s ridiculous! This is the last time I’m dealing with a heat lamp , I’m going to order a Brinsea Eco Glow 20 Chick Brooder and be done with it once and for all.
As for the outbuilding where the brooder is located, it’s a bare bones shelter that offers zero help in maintaining a decent temperature. It’s not insulated, so it’s super hot in the summer and offers nothing more than wind and rain protection in the winter. I’m tired of that problem too… so today I had the outbuilding insulated. I also ordered an evaporative cooler that has the ability to lower the inside temperature by 12 degrees, it’s expected Tuesday.
Buts that’s not all! The floor was particle board, and now I have vinyl floor covering. Thanks to Craigslist, I was able to find a handyman in one day… 18 guys responded to the ad. I’ll post pictures of the outbuilding as soon as I get everything back in order.
For every problem, there is a solution… unfortunately it comes with a price, and now I’m broke. lol