Brooding chicks is important after hatching and can be done in a number of ways. Two of the easiest and simplest methods are either an electric hen or a brooder lamp with an infra red or dull emitter bulb.
Electric hens have a warming plate the chicks stand underneath; the adjustable legs allow the height to be increased as the chicks grow. A regulator adjusts heat output.
Electric brooder lamps come in a variety of sizes. Solway’s range have guards to prevent damage to the bulbs and burning the chicks. Some models have built in dimmer switches and with the exception of 210 lamps, are suitable for use with bulbs up to 250 watts.
The choice of bulb will depend on the situation. Ceramic dull emitter bulbs produce heat only, where as infra red bulbs produce heat and light. These are available as ruby or clear. Optima plus bulbs are splash proof and can save up to 30% energy costs compared to ordinary infrared bulbs.
Electric brooder lamps are also suitable for puppies, kittens and are widely used in kennels and catteries.