Feb 23, 2012

The Dangers of Brooder Heat Lamps & a Safe Alternative

Traditional heat lamps are a fire hazard in chick brooders even when used conscientiously. The Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder is a safe alternative to dangerous heat lamps.
Heat lamps make me nervous, they always have. Every year, news stories recount tales of homes and chicken coops burning down as a result of a heat lamp. Whether from falling, being knocked over or simply swinging into contact with a flammable object, the traditional heat lamp is just plain hazardous even when vigilantly employed.
Rabbit hutch brooder with heat lamp
Regardless of how carefully it is hung or how many different ways it is tethered, I never get past that gnawing feeling that something beyond my control could result in catastrophe. The fire in the photo below resulted from a heat lamp that fell.  There were 2 goats, 3 goslings, 3 ducklings and approximately 13 chicks in the area of the heat lamp who would have perished if the chicken-keeper hadn't come upon the scene when she did.
Barn fire caused by brooder heat lamp.
Heat lamp reflectors, ordinarily made of aluminum, commonly include a hangar and a clamp. The problem with the design is that there are several points at which its parts can fail. My strong personal preference is not to use heat lamps if at all possible.
Brooder clamp is easily knocked free.
Brooder heat lamps have clamps with wing nuts that loosen with ordinary use.
Brooder clamp's wing-nut can loosen during normal use.
Heat lamp hangars are flimsy and are easily detached from the unit, creating a fire hazard.
Brooder hangar can easily detach from reflector.

Meet the original baby chick warmer: the mother hen. 
A chicken's normal body temperature ranges between 103°-107° F. 
Broody hen teaching chicks to eat.
Freida, my White Silkie hen, teaching her two day old chicks to eat.

Observing mother hens interact with their babies in my backyard has completely convinced me that chicks do not need as much heat as we are led to believe. In this photo, Freida, took her 3 week old chicks out for a romp in the run in 29°F weather.

Day old chicks contemplating a trip outside the coop.
Three day old chicks, contemplating a trip into the run.

We are all taught "The Formula" for brooding baby chicks: 90-95° Fahrenheit for the first week of life, decreasing by five degrees each week thereafter. If I were a slave to The Formula, I would have called CPS (Chick Protective Services) and reported Freida immediately after whisking the chicks indoors to toast under a an 80° french-fry lamp. But I am no longer a slave to The Formula and Freida never has been.When her chicks got chilly, they simply crawled underneath her.

Mother hen with chicks outside in the middle of winter.
Brinsea Products offers the EcoGlow Brooder, which employs the same warming concept as a mother hen. Just as with a hen, the chicks will spend most of their time under the EcoGlow for the first couple of days, they'll peek out from underneath occasionally, gradually spending more and more time away from it. They will scoot around to eat, drink and play chick games and return when chilly. Before too long, and much sooner than you'd expect, they spend most of their time away from the EcoGlow.
Baby chicks underneath the Brinsea EcoGlow 20 Brooder.

In my experience the advantages of the EcoGlow over a heat lamp are:
  • it's more like mama hen, chicks snuggle up to the unit when they feel it necessary
  • no fire hazard
  • uses less electricity (14 watts vs. 250 watts with a heat lamp)
  • no risk of pasty butt from overheating
  • no disruptive light, allowing for natural, diurnal wake/sleep cycles
  • height easily adjusted for growing chicks
  • no fussy machinations required to hang the heat source, making brooder location more flexible

    The EcoGlow operates on the principle of radiant heat, which passes through air without warming the air. Only a solid object will absorb and be warmed by radiant heat, so don't expect to put your hand underneath it briefly and expect to be able to gauge whether or not it is working. A thermometer won't help either since it will only measure the air temperature, not how well the radiant heat is working to keep chicks warm. 
Brinsea EcoGlow 20 Brooder is a safe alternative to dangerous heat lamps

CLEANING TIP: As soon as chicks realize they can hop up on top of the EcoGlow, they spend much of their time standing on and pooping on it. While cleaning the EcoGlow is straightforward, I never relish the idea of scraping chicken poop off the top of it when the chicks are finished with it. In order to make my life easier, I cut a piece of contact paper the size of the top of the EcoGlow and stick it to the yellow surface. The contact paper is easily peeled off the unit, making cleaning it a BREEZE!
Keep the Brinsea EcoGlow clean with Contact paper
Measure, cut
Cut Contact paper to size and stick to top of EcoGlow Brooder for ease of cleaning.
Stick
Contact paper on EcoGlow Brooder makes clean up a breeze.
Decorate with Tinkerbell stickers, of course.
Fun with stickers on the EcoGlow chick brooder.
The top of the EcoGlow can be slippery with or without
Contact paper. I use rubber shelf liner on top of the EcoGlow
to avoid risk of spraddle leg in my chicks.
When the chicks no longer use the EcoGlow, peel off the shelf liner
and Contact paper. No more scrubbing necessary!
Rubber shelf liner on top of the EcoGlow brooder prevents chicks from slipping when they inevitably play on top of it.
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

209 comments :

  1. Wow, looks like a wonderful product. I will have to do some home work and find out where to find one. I have 3 eggs in the incubator right now. Thank you for the article!

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    1. Sarah, you can get them at www.Brinsea.com and if you use the coupon code: ADozenGirlz (exactly as written) you will get a 10% discount off your entire order!

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    2. I just went to order the smaller version and they're temporarily out of stock until late March. Ah well, lol, must be good.

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  2. This is so much safer than the lamps. I've never used one in my coop but I had one for chicks until the lamp got dropped. I'm going to look into this and see about getting one before my chicks arrive in April.

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    1. Sara, if you have electricity in your coop, you could use it in there too! Please feel free to use my personal coupon code for my Facebook fans and blog followers: ADozenGirlz (cap sensitive, so type exactly as written) it will give you a 10% discount off your entire order!

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  3. Makenna Vanegas2/23/12, 8:55 PM

    Wow! Never thought about how incredibly dangerous heat lamps can be. I will have to save up for one of these brooders! Too bad they are out of stock till march!

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    1. Makenna, I didn't think too much about the dangers of heat lamps initially either.

      The EcoGlo will be back in stock in two weeks or less, that's not bad at all. And they ship really quickly (I got my second one this week!! Woo-hoo!)

      Use the coupon code: ADozenGirlz at checkout to get a 10% discount! (cap sensitive!)

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  4. I seriously thought about one of these, but I'm hoping that this is the only hatch that I have to brood the babies. My plan is to let a broody hen take over in the upcoming hatches (5 chickens every couple years) so I can't justify the expense.

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    1. There's nothing sweeter than a mama hen with babies!
      Unfortunately, I have not had great luck with transplanting hatched chicks under my broodies. I have had two different hens kill day-old baby chicks even when introducing them at night. :(

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  5. It is a very friendly product. However, it is costly. I am one that uses a heat lamp (with the red light). It doesn't seem to bother their sleep habits at all. What I do to feel safe is just put a wood framed hardware cloth lid over the brooder so that there is no risk of the babies getting burned. I would like one of the EcoGlow's but they are out of my price range. :(

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    1. There's no question that it costs more than a heat lamp but when you consider that the heat lamp assembly costs $8 or so and the bulb cost $8 or so and add in the cost of electricity to run it 24 hours/day, the EcoGlo doesn't come out to be that much more expensive.

      For me though, the peace of mind that comes with knowing the EcoGloc cannot burn down my house the way a heat lamp can if it gets knocked over or if one of the pieces loosens and it makes contact with something flammable is priceless.

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  6. I wonder how similar it is to the http://www.sweeterheater.com/bizweb.asp ?? I've had my eye on one of those but it is also $. Guess I would rather save my pennies than have a fire!

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    1. Michele: Google 'heat lamp fire' and see how many news stories appear for fires caused by heat lamps this month ALONE. It makes me shudder to think that I used one as long as I did.

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  7. I got very excited when I read this post, because I too worry about the typical heat lamp. But then I did some research on line and there are a lot of negative comments about the EcoGlow and the Electric Hen Brooder. So I don't know. I'm getting new chicks in the last of March and I need to decide if I want to go with an EcoGlow. So Kathy, did you not have any issues?

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    1. Thanks for your question, Charlotte. I have not had any issue whatsoever. I am interested to know what the negative comments are though if you'd like to share.

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  8. I used a heat lamp to raise my first chicks, but I'll be a broody user from here on out. My broody last year did a far superior job to me.

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    1. Kristin, you're absolutely right, Mother Nature is the best chick warmer there is!

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  9. I live in FL and just use 100w bulbs (however it doesn't get below 40 at night here)

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    1. I wish I lived where it wouldn't get below 40°F at night too! Lucky you!

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  10. I love those.. I wish I hatched just a few at a time so that I could get one too.. that would be so much more convenient!! I HATE using heat lamps, I'm paranoid I'm going to burn something down one of these days :(

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    1. Mandy, they make a much larger unit that accommodates 50 chicks at a time too!

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  11. We brood our chicks inside of the house for the first week or so until they start getting their little wing feathers, then we move them outside to a brooder pen. While they are in the house we use a simple light bulb in a clip lamp and they thrive very well. Not too chilly, not too hot. They are resilient little buggers and as long as they are kept in a draft free area they do very well. We use heat lamps in the brooder pen, but as the chicks get older the door to the pen is opened and they are allowed to go outside the pen and free range during the day. They go back inside the pen if they get too chilly and when the sun goes down to sleep. The pen serves as the mother hen and we have done very well using this method.

    Kayla Felton

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    1. Good to know, Kayla. Thanks for sharing. I use a heat lamp in my coop occasionally too but I am still scared to death of it no matter how many different tethers I put on it. Do you have any suggestions for using a heat lamp more safely?

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  12. Hello,
    I have a rooster with Bumblefoot and am about to try the surgery as shown on your video. Before I start I would like to ask a question, but, I cannot see an e-mail address for you.
    Please reply to gordo@uniserve.com

    Thank you.

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    1. I sent you an email, Gordo. Looking forward to your question.

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  13. Thank you for the discount! My Eco glow came last week & I'm thrilled. Now, if I could just get my chicks a little faster...

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  14. Ok, I have been reading up on these. How old are the chicks when they are too big to use the eco glow? I have read that after 2 weeks, the chicks cant go under it anymore (unless they are bantams) Your thoughts?

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    1. Jessica, mine are four weeks old and they still fit under it when necessary. The unit is height-adjustable and it can be further raised by placing blocks underneath the legs. They grow feathers and don't need it before they could all grow out of it.

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  15. Just re-read this in reference to your post about the tragic coop fire this weekend in Indiana. My husband balked when first suggested the eco as an alternative to a heat lamp ($$$). I think I may show him this blog, along with the link to the fire pictures to make him reconsider. Our coop we are finishing isn't far from our house. A mishap with the lamp, and it's not just the coop at risk; it's our home and our lives as well.

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    1. You're so right, Tina. It's a $60 insurance policy but the peace of mind is priceless.

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  16. I have heard so many great things about Brinsea products, I would definitely love to try them out! I love the idea of preventing fires. We always have that in the back of our minds with our heat lamp.

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  17. Sharon Moore7/24/12, 8:50 PM

    I would love to have the ecoglow 20. I have a ecoglow 50 and love it, but would love to have a smaller one for just a few chicks.

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  18. I have had a heat lamp roll off the brooder, shatter, and cause the deaths of the chicks in the brooder due to the cold they endured w/o the heat lamp, I am not doing THAT again, hoping to win this and be safer

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  19. I would love an EcoGlow to help with newly hatched chicks in the winter.

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  20. Picking up 7 EE's tomorrow but they are already 4 weeks old and it is warm enough for them to be outside. I bought older chicks so I don't have to use a heat lamp! Would love to have this for future chicks: )

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  21. nanceshouse7/24/12, 9:08 PM

    I sure would have peace of mind having an Ecoglo, Brinsea product. No ore stinkin heat lamp! they are dangerous, indeed. The dog knocked it once, if I wasn't right there my babes would have been toast..:(

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  22. I love the idea of this. We keep our bitties in the house on the counter top and I wake up constantly through the night to make sure that nothing has caught on fire. I also love the fact that it cuts down on electricity! You can't beat that!!

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  23. I would love one of these. With our last batch of chicks, we lost power. My six year old went to put the chicks in their playpen. When the power came back on, so did the heat lamp. She had set it on a particle board children's desk. Before I realized it, it had burned through the particle board. I got it in time, but it was close.

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  24. I looked at these this year and desperately wanted one for our first chicks but couldn't foot the expense right away. I would LOVE one for our next chickies!!

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  25. I think this is the best invention for the fellow chicken enthusiast since the egg turner :)

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  26. I can see where the EcoGlow will be a great addition to my becoming self sufficient with my HomeGrown HardyHens. The safer I can be the less stress there is and therefore will have much happier peeps. Happy peeps = happy hens = Happy Me!!
    happyhens14@yahoo.com

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  27. Esther Widgren7/24/12, 10:46 PM

    I'd love to use this to bring up some more babies!

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  28. I believe the EcoGlow would be much simpler to use with my new coming chicks than the heat lamp method. Making for happy Healthy Chickies <3

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  29. We just got 3 chickens and a rooster last week and I'm so excited! I've never had chickens but my husband has in the past. We plan on hatching out some of the eggs so this would be wonderful to have especially since we are just starting out with all of this! What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you!

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  30. That's just what I need! Heat lamps scare me especially with little kids around.

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  31. I thank the EcoGlow would be good for my baby silkies and my chicks i am going to go get some baby saturday

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  32. We just got 3 chickens and a rooster last week! This is my first time buy my husband has had chickens in the past. I'm so excited to have chickens! We are planning on hatching out some of the eggs so this would be perfect!

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  33. Hey My name is Floyd johnson and My email is floydjohnson@hughes.net
    I thank the EcoGlow is awesome for my chicks i hatched and chicks i am geting soon!!!

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  34. Wow, I'd never thought about it before. Last time I brooded chicks with heat all I had was an ordinary desk lamp with a regular incandescent bulb. (gooseneck style hung over the side of the box). Usually I wait until the weather is warm enough that they wont' need more than a cozy draft free corner to sleep in. And I've just had a broody hen hatch 4 chicks, so I'm really excited about that. But I would love to have one of these brooders; then I could get chicks earlier in the spring and not have to worry about the weather.

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  35. This is at the top of my wish list!! I worry about safety every time I plug in a heat lamp. I hang it from a metal chain then wire it in two separate places...still, I worry. I'm pretty sure that one of my Naked Neck chicks got a little burned from the heat lamp too. I think this is a necessity when safely raising chicks.

    I liked both Brinsea and The Chicken Chick with my FB name Pancho Brinks. Real name Allison Shenk. Thanks!!

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    1. Congratulations Allison! You're the winner of the EcoGlow!!

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    2. I just got my EcoGlow in the mail today. It's beautiful!! It's going to make chick rearing a lot easier. It's going to help me sleep better at night too. Thank you!!

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  36. I could really use one of these as I just got chicks. I cant post a pic of my coop yet as it is not build yet. We are building one this weekend.

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  37. Never knew such a product existed. Thanks for the heads up! I worry so much about fire, getting the chicks too warm when using a heat lamp. This is great!

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  38. this would be an amazing lesson to teach our kids the beauty of life
    michelleml28@yahoo.com

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  39. I always get concerned about the heat lamps catching on fire. The trouble I have ran into is not letting the chicks get to hot. I keep my brooder in a designated room in the house and the heat lamp puts of so much heat.

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  40. I work long hours away from home and am always terrified I'm going to come home to a fire and/or dead chicks when we have the brooder set up. I would LOVE to win an ecoglow!

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  41. I work long hours away from home and during brooder season, I'm always worried that I will come home to a fire or cold/hot dead chicks! I would love to win an EcoGlow!

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  42. Oh we could SO use a Brinsea! I've had to rely on broody hens and that doesnt always work out so good. Farm budget is tight at best. My "Brooder lamp security" includes LOTS of baling wire to secure the lamp in the center of a "wheel" attached to 6 beams. I'm terrified of fire so nothing is considered too secure in my book :)

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  43. I'd love to own an EcoGlow because I'm always concerned of the safety hazard that the brooder lamp poses to my chicks and my family! My brooder is always inside my house so if it were to catch on fire it wouldn't be only my chicks that were in danger!

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  44. Erin Ackerman7/25/12, 12:06 PM

    I've always used heat lamps, but would love to use an EcoGlow.

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  45. Love this concept! So much safer than traditional brooder lamps!

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  46. Have an EcoGlo on my 'Gotta Get One!' list, to go with my new Brinsea Mini Eco Incubator. Winning this one would leave more $$$ in my hubby's wallet to pay for my hatching eggs. :)

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  47. I have an EcoGlo on my "Gotta Get One" list, to go with my new Mini Eco Incubator. Winning this one would leave more $$$ in hubby's wallet to pay for my hatching eggs! :)

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  48. This spring was our first for having chicks. I pretty much made any excuse I could to not leave the house or to beat feet back home when we did go out for fear of something happening with the heat lamps. I think this would be a great addition to our coop.

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  49. This makes so much more sense than a heat lamp, I found that SO confusing as a chicken newbie. Whether I win or not, I'm buying one of these before my next group of chicks!

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  50. This makes SOOO much more sense than the heat lamps. Both from a logical standpoint and for fire safety. I'm getting one, whether I win or not before my next group of chicks!

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  51. I totally need an EcoGlo! When I was raising my little peeps I had lost two because of how inconsistent the temp can be with a heat lamp. I hate loosing any of my animals and the peeps were no different. I was heart broken, and like most people I was not able to be there to monitor the temperature constantly because every hour it could change. I feel that if I could win the EcoGlo I would never have to break it to my little children again that we lost a peep!

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  52. I hate Heat Lamps~They are SO DANGEROUS!!

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  53. I would love to have an EcoGlo to handle large groups of peeps in the brooder. I would never have to worry about heat lamp clamps coming loose and bulbs scorching or killing little ones. No worries!! What a great looking product--one I would put to great use!!

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  54. I would love an EcoGlo!! Would be so much easier and safer than the heat lamp!

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  55. I would love and EcoGlo! So much easier and safer than the heat lamp.

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  56. Have struggled with cumbersome heat lamps with clamps that come loose and have to be constantly checked. The EcoGlo would take the worry out of housing peeps in the brooder, and would allow them to easily move away from the heat source as they choose. I think it would provide a more even heat source.

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  57. I'd like to have one of these because it just seems sooo much safer. I don't have a huge place to set up a heat lamp safely. It always seems to flimsy for me.

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  58. I'm pretty new to raising chickens & didn't realize all these great things you have to make it easier & safer for my chicks. I'd LOVE to win this !!! We don't have a lot of money & it sure would help us out a lot if we won. I'd like one of your incubators to when we have to money to buy one. They are so cool !!

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  59. We're new to raising chickens & had no idea there were so many different things to make it easier & safer for our chicks. This is something we really need but can't afford to buy. It would be sooo awesome if we won !!! Our brooder is in our house & I stay up late most nights because I'm afraid of the heat lamp catching something on fire.

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  60. I love love to own one bc I am new to chickens and got my first 6 back in June. I always had trouble keeping my heat lamp from falling over. My children got burned a couple times, and the fear of a fire starting especially when I left my home. This would give me the peace of mind while rearing baby chicks!!!

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  61. I've wanted one since I first saw them! Such a good idea! I recently decided to start brooding out in the coop rather than in my garage, and I think this would be perfect.
    Becky - aka Read My Chicken Scratch

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  62. I Would love to win this because I am just getting started with the planning for Chickens! I am moving to TN and will be able to have chickens for the first time since childhood!

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  63. I would love to have one of these brooders. This year while brooding chicks, ducklings and goslings our heat lamp fell and caught fire to our barn. We were very fortunate to get home in time and I went to check on my "critters" and smelled the smoke. I thought it was a neighbor grilling until my goats started bleating in a panic and luckily I was able to get them out and into their pasture and run all the babies outdoors. Unfortunately, since I'm pregnant, it cost me a visit to the ER for smoke inhalation. All the brooder babies are fine, the barn still stands with minimal damage and my OB got a laugh out of it (while scolding me for running into a smokey barn). Anyhow, we brood several batches of babies a year and something safer would be ideal. I think my posted picture to your FB wall might be the burned out brooder set up.

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  66. I would like to win one because it is so much safer than a heat lamp. Plus I am hoping to have my hens hatch some eggs that would be really cool!

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  67. Had a heat lamp melt part of our big brooder container once, luckily nobody was hurt but it could have been very dangerous! Would love something safer!

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  68. I am a newbie to the backyard chickens movement. I live in San Diego where city ordinance was changed in February this year to allow city dwellers to own chickens. I just got a used but working Brinsea Octagon 20 Eco and have 27 eggs in it - this Brinsea unit is for 24 eggs but since I have small Polish and Silkies eggs, it comfortably accommodates 27. My eggs are due to hatch in 16 days, and I am working to set up a brooder. I candled the eggs last night and believe I have about 15 viable eggs. I was planning to use a homemade brooder using light fixtures I have on hand; however, I ran across this contest while searching for an affordable brooder. I read your post on the EcoGlow 20 and agree that it is a much superior solution as well as being a safe product. I want and NEED an EcoGlow 20 for my soon-to-be-hatched baby chicks.

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  69. Maria Fraccica7/26/12, 12:13 AM

    I am hatching my very first batch of eggs and would love to win one of these for my brooder. We are on day 8 and so far have 7 out of 12 that look promising. This weekend I am setting the brooder up and my coop should be finished by next week. After seeing the pictures of Melody's fire I am seriously thinking that a heat lamp is not going in my brooder.

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  70. I would love to win a Ecoglow brinsea! It would be so much safer to use than a red bulb!

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  71. Theresa Cardillo7/26/12, 11:23 AM

    I am planning to have a coop around the Fall 2012. Chicks in the spring 2013. Wouls love the Brinsea. I have been looking at them and they are a wonderful invention.In the old days we just used a light bulb. This looks so much safer!

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  72. I would love to win the Brinsea! I had a makeshift brooder made of a large plastic storage tub, and a clamp heat-lamp. I duct taped it to the side of the brooder because I was so terrified of it falling in and catching fire to the pine chips!

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  73. Pick Me! Pick ME! I would LOVE to have a Brinsea Brooder for my program. Right now I have incubators to loan to home schools, preschools and families which I give the eggs to from chickens, ducks, guineas, and Peafowl to hatch to learn about the process. They get to raise the babies for a bit and bring them back to me at the Hamster Farm when not appropriate to keep in their neighborhoods. It looks So much more handy and easy to clean and use.

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  74. I would absolutely love to win an EcoGlow! I raise babies for myself and also for my friends. I have several people that want hens for fresh eggs but don't want to raise the babies from when they need the heat. I LOVE raising the little ones so do it for them for free! It would be great to have a safer set-up for the little guys.

    "I'm in it to win it! I love Brinsea Products."

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  75. I would love to win one as I'm hoping to hatch chicks with my students and raise them to sell eggs. Of course math, science, language arts would be part of our work.

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  76. I Really Want A Brinsea Products EcoGlow, I Hatch Out Meat Chickens And Hate Heat Lamps! Working On Getting Another Incabtor, Brinsea!

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  77. I would love to win an EcoGlow for the peace of mind it would bring. I have always been worried about the risk of fire with a heat lamp. This is a wonderful product!

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  78. I would love to win an EcoGlow! I have always worried about the risk of a fire from a heat lamp. This would bring the peace of mind that the chicks are being kept warm without the risk. This is a great product!

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  79. I would love to win an EcoGlow! We raise a lot of chicks, guinea keets, and baby ducks and we usually have the brooder set up inside our house. Having a heat lamp on in my house when I am not home makes me so nervous! This sounds like a much safer alternative!

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  80. I want to win this. I live in rural Alaska and have set up a breeding program this year to keep our family and our friends in eggs for long AK winters. I need to make my own layers and pets :) next season... I need the Brinsea EcoGlow!!!

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  81. i got my chickens for my son with special needs to help him out with learning to take care of a animal. he loves them so much get so excited when he gets eggs wants his pic taken every time he brings them in. he carries around his favorite hen a blue splash silkie. he has breakfast with blue. he wantsz the best for his chickens and he seen this and said mom i have to have one of these for my chickens. he says they have to be warm for the winter he even wants me to bring them in the house in the spare room please choose my little boy

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  82. i would like to win one of these for my sons chickens, he seen the pic of this and he said he wants one for his chickens for the winter so we dont have to bring them in to the house. i got the chickens for him to help him out with his special needs he has a since of responsibility now and they distract the from all his issues he dont get mad anymore and hurt himself when hes feeling bad he goes out to watch and play with his chickens please pick my little boy to get on of these

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  83. I would like to win one.... it's been on my "want bad" list for quite awhile... well ever since I started with my babies and read up that these were the best! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  84. I always am using a heat lamp and they scare the heck out of me. I have wanted an EcoGlow for a long time. would love to win one. But the broody is truly the best heat lamp...gotta love a good broody. I got 4 broodies going right now. And it is 93 degrees out...so no heat lamp needed at this time.

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  85. I would love to own one of these because I have heard you talk about how great they are and it would be a better/safer alternative to using heat lamps. I have one on my Christmas list but hopefully I'll win one sooner:)

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  86. I want one. I REALLY want one! I have babies in the brooder with the heat lamp now.

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  87. i would love to have one i have chicks in two bators right now ducks an chickens

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  88. Need one come this spring, going to raise and add a few more chicks to my curent flock!  Gotta have my eggs!

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  89. Would love to have a new heater for spring time. 

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  90. TheChickenChick10/26/12, 8:55 AM

    I'm with you Casey! Except I don't wait for spring. LOL!

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  91. I've had a bad experience with a heat lamp. Would love to have an EcoGlow and end my worrying.

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  92. TheChickenChick11/10/12, 11:51 PM

    I'm afraid you're not alone in that experience. I would never brood another chick with a heat lamp even if I had to save up for a long time to be able to afford the EcoGlow; that's how strongly I feel about the safety and value of this product.

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  93. Melanie Christopherson1/12/13, 11:25 AM

    I've been thinking a lot about this and I don't think the brooder is much more money for someone (like me) who is getting chicks for the first time.  When I consider how much the lamp housing cost, as well as the bulbs and electricity to run them, the brooder is almost the same price. Not to mention the peace of mind that comes with it. 

    Great write-up, thanks!  This new chick momma needs all the help she can get! 

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  94. TheChickenChick1/12/13, 2:06 PM

    Just for the peace of mind alone, Melanie, it's well worth the investment.

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  95. I put mamma bunny in with my muscovy ducklings. Worked like a charm.

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  96. Annette Engelbert2/27/13, 10:29 AM

    The cost of one is not outrageous  but it is only for 20 chicks. When you order chicks you have to order 25 so which 5 get to be cold? 

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  97. When I was a kid, I raised chicks. I didn't have a heating lamp. I ended up using a sturdy cardboard box and a heating pad wrapped in an old pillow case. I shaped it like a little cave and the chicks would come and go as they pleased. Never even knew what pasty-butt was. And never lost a chick. 


    Now I have a family of my own and my fond memories of raising chickens as a kid and teen is making me want to start a flock again. Now to get my hubby to build me a good, predator proof coop! LOL

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  98. I got an EcoGlow this year and my chicks are doing great with it. They are staying warm without the continual light and hazard of the heat lamp. Since they are in my bathroom, it makes a big difference. No more tripping over the tripod that held the heat lamp!

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  99. After reading your article, I'm going to order an EcoGlow, but for the last week I have used a heat lamp. Now I'm in a bind. The bulb has gone out and I'm snowed in. What can you recommend to keep my chicks warm? I don't have any hens yet. I just got my day old chicks last week.

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  100. we have the Eco Glow 50 and we love it! And so do our chicks! We'd never use anything else.

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  101. This product sounds awesome, but seems way out of price range for such a small, simple product for me. Are there other, similar, products that aren't so expensive?

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  102. Willow Fast Horse4/19/13, 8:06 PM

    would a space heater work too or would that be dangerous? please someone reply to this on the tiny reply thing thank you!

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  103. TheChickenChick4/20/13, 1:00 AM

    The way I look at it, the cost of a house fire or losing my chickens/coops/home would far outweigh the cost of an EcoGlow. I think of it as an insurance premium that gives back repeatedly in healthier, happier baby chicks and peace of mind.

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  104. Love this concept. Just wondering if you need to supplement light and for how many hours each day. Is it still recommended to use red light?

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  105. I love this! As a rookie buying EVERYthing at once. The sticker shock is tough. Are there any cheaper items that do the same thing?

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  106. There aren't. I'd think of it more as an insurance premium you're paying to avoid the risk of your house/barn/coop burning down from a heat lamp. Truly, knowing what I know now about how many heat lamp fires there are every year, if I could not afford an EcoGlow, I would wait to get chicks until I had saved enough to buy it instead of tempting fate with a heat lamp. That is how strongly I feel about the dangers of heat lamps.

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  107. CaroleandRobert Pierce7/8/13, 8:57 AM

    After a very much needed and planned vacation we came home to tragedy and lost my entire flock. We have started over with the 9 eggs that hatched in our incubator. Our first hatch! Of course I have the heat lamp. But I would love to have one of these to make starting over not so stressful!!!! Thank you for all you do!

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  108. Sound's like a great product.. excited to start hatching my own babies. I have used a reg light when I got peeps from the feed store..and they do get so hot.. thanks and have a great day..

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  109. I have actually thought about purchasing one but winning one woul be so much better :)

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  110. Deby Trueblood9/14/13, 12:39 PM

    Thanks dear chick! I learn so much from you!!!! I am researching just such information as I look at entering the world of heritage turkeys

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  111. sarahannecloud99/15/13, 9:37 AM

    A chicken Moma can dream!!!

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  112. Laura Windham9/15/13, 4:30 PM

    Excellent and informative article. Hopefully crossing my fingers help in the luck department. I noted the 10% for future reference.

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  113. Dennis Arnold9/15/13, 6:01 PM

    I like the looks of the EcoGlow hope to win one

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  114. Uncorked Farm9/16/13, 7:50 AM

    I need one of these!

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  115. Deborah Paterson9/28/13, 8:43 AM

    Thanks for the details on this product. I recently purchased one and stuck my hand under wondering where the heat was (which you explained nicely). I did send it back at the request of the MFG because the black panel was only hanging on by two tiny wires when it came out of the box and the plug unit at the wall was very hot to the touch. They took a fast better safe than sorry approach and sent for pick up of the unit. I'm waiting on my new unit to arrive. I've 10 Tolbunt eggs in my incubator so I'm looking forward to using this new method over the old heat lamp. Thanks for your detailed report of this item, it has helped me greatly.

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  116. Always looking for a better way. And was looking for that egg article you posted within the last couple of weeks if possible could someone send me a link.

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  117. TheChickenChick10/14/13, 7:54 AM

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/01/how-hen-makes-egg-egg-oddities.html

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  118. This looks promising! We still use the old "heat lamp" to keep chicks warm. Here's hoping we can "update" our technique!

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  119. Very nice. Wish I had one of those!

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  120. Would love to win this!!

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  121. would really love to win this brooder. Lost al my birds and coop in tornado a few years ago. This would help me get a great start.

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  122. teri snowden10/14/13, 12:43 PM

    Thank you for the giveaway Kathy

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  123. I desperate for one of these!!

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  124. I remember when you posted this information this spring. I was raising chicks and I went to their website to purchase one and they were sold out. They are a very popular item. I would love to have one for this springs new chicks!

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  125. Sounds awesome... I have not hatched any yet as I am scared about a heat lamp and other wise keep them warm.. Hope I win! :)

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  126. Angela Grant10/17/13, 5:51 AM

    You don't have to convince Mr, I want one or two!

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  127. I soooo need this! incubator is being set tomorrow.

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  128. Peggy Schoenbeck Farley10/17/13, 6:55 PM

    This is a wonderful idea, I would sleep better knowing my feathered babies were safe along with momma!

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  129. Krystal Stone10/19/13, 7:19 PM

    Getting a shipment of chicks on Tues I wish I had read this post sooner.

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  130. TheChickenChick10/19/13, 8:48 PM

    Oooh, I'm jealous! :)

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  131. Day Brighteners Farm10/19/13, 9:50 PM

    Hi Kathy, our nights in February can get as low as -40C - brrrrrr. I've read that chickens can handle that low a temperature, but am still worried. We feel we should be able to provide Some form of heat if necessary. Do you have any recommendations? New coop is 8X10, slanted roof, dropping boards on one side, nesting boxes at end, cold northwest winds in our backyard. Would an oil-free ceramic heater be good? Thanks so much.

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  132. TheChickenChick10/19/13, 9:55 PM

    I would go with a flat-panel, radiant heater if you must. The more important issues to address are keeping DRAFTS out and ensuring moisture can get OUT by providing great ventilation.

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  133. Day Brighteners Farm10/19/13, 10:04 PM

    Thanks Kathy, we'll look into that kind. I find it interesting that you're a lawyer, my husband is as well. That explains why you presented so well at your Municipal Council meeting re backyard chickens, so prepared with your information :-)

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  134. TheChickenChick10/19/13, 10:10 PM

    Thank you, Joanne. ♥

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  135. I'm pretty new to this business and would love to try one of these....ty for your consideration.

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  136. Brett Taylor10/20/13, 9:38 AM

    Would love to have this unit as the cold is upon us!

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  137. Briget Strunk10/20/13, 2:36 PM

    My Niece sent me here and I love it. Thanks

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  138. Rhonda Kelley (nee Williams)11/16/13, 11:18 AM

    Wonderful post. Thank you so much, and especially for the coupon!

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  139. TheChickenChick11/16/13, 12:39 PM

    Thanks Rhonda!

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  140. TheChickenChick11/22/13, 9:23 AM

    It's impossible for me to say without knowing a lot more about your setup. Please read the newest blog article I wrote on winter with chickens, I think it will help.

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  141. Thanks for this post- I'm a new chick mama and worry about the cold. They're in a coop built up on a trailer bed, 4x6, slant roof, with screening at the top edge open from 2 inches to 5 in places. Patch and puzzle together with found materials.... temps these nights going down to single numbers, 17 now, Worry about them getting cold seems unfounded as I read. Think I'll remove the heat lamp-- though we're expecting some 3 and 4 degree nights coming up....

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  142. Linda McClellan12/23/13, 11:54 AM

    I am getting chicks this spring for the first time and would love this safe brooder. The chickens I have now where given to me as adults.

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  143. Laci Chapman12/23/13, 12:19 PM

    I would just love to have one of these...I am very scared of heat lamps, and since I brood my chicks inside its even scarier to think of one catching fire in the house. I have been looking for other options and this is a great invention!

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  144. Yes I would like a EcoGlow! Here is a link to info on Old English Game birds, which by the way were cross bred to produce the Black Copper Maran's and that explains why the roosters colors are so similar; this show opinions of American Game birds which I am not sure is any different from the English as the personallities sound the same..... :
    http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/american-game

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  145. Jessica Farwell1/13/14, 8:19 PM

    We are getting 8 chicks in March and I've been reading about fires lately related to heat lamps. I have a few questions about this product - we are thinking of brooding our chicks in an unheated garage (does have some insulation, but not much) and we live in the northeast US, so temps could still be below freezing for the brooding period, do you think this product would keep temps at an adequate level? Also, is this safe to use with pine shavings as bedding? What is your preferred brooder bedding? Thanks!

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  146. TheChickenChick1/16/14, 8:28 PM

    Yes, it is safe to use with pine shavings, NO it cannot be used in freezing temps. The room must be no lower than 50°F to use the EcoGlow.

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  147. This looks like an awesome product. We actually had both of our coops burn up a couple nights ago because of a heat lamp failure. We were using the lamp to keep our older chicks warm even though they are probably plenty big enough to do without. Luckily we only lost 3 chickens in the fire because we caught it soon enough to cut the wire and pull the rest out of the back. I will definitely be looking into purchasing something like this for future young ones. Do you have a favorite on the flat panel heater for the older ones on super cold nights?

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  148. TheChickenChick2/5/14, 10:13 PM

    Very sad, Susan. I'm sorry to hear it.
    I do have a favorite flat panel heater: http://amzn.to/1bwDWnd

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  149. Wow, I love the price and it looks very safe! Thanks!

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  150. TheChickenChick2/9/14, 9:07 PM

    I'm happy for you, Bj! NO comparison to heat lamps. None.

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  151. My husband ordered a heat lamp an hour ago for our Mottled Bantam
    hens coming in 10 days....then I hopped on FB and saw your post! We cancelled the heat lamp order and I used your discount to get the ecoglow 20....thank you!

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  152. TheChickenChick2/16/14, 8:52 PM

    Outstanding! It makes me happy to know that people, pets and property are safer as a result. :)

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  153. Why would a flat panel radiant heater not work for a brooder?

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  154. Sunshine Martinis2/17/14, 3:38 PM

    I can attest first hand, the heat lamps are sooooo dangerous. While trying to "care" for a turkey poult...a heat lamp we "thought" was very secure, fell down into the "care unit" an anything combustible (including our turkey) was a total loss. You can never have enough ecoglow in my opinion!!

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  155. TheChickenChick2/17/14, 5:29 PM

    So sad, Lori. :(

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  156. Hope to get chicks this spring and this would be fantastic as we live in a very cold area.

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  157. would love to win this

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  158. Hi, I am wondering if I could chat further with you regarding the EcoGlow Brooder. I am a classroom teacher who, in conjunction with a local farmer, is hatching chicks in my gr. 1 classroom. I am using the Brinsea Mini Advanced to set the eggs and I am just trying to figure out how to set up my brooder after. I would love to know if you feel the EcoGlow will keep them warm enough and if I should be concerned that they will have no light (because to heat lamp) at night.
    I look forward to hearing from you! I have never set or hatched eggs before and so it is all new to me :)
    Nicole

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  159. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 10:48 AM

    The EcoGlow will absolutely keep them warm enough at night- no light is necessary. The chicks actually do better without the constant glare of a light 24/7. It's important to notet that the room the brooder is in must be kept at least 50°F. Happy hatching!

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  160. My mom & I are fixing to be 1st time chick owners of 5 baby sex links & we were going to use a cardboard box & heat lamp until I read this. The cost of it does concern me because we have a very small budget for getting the babies set up & for building their coop/run but I do want them to be as safe as possible-not to mention our house. I do have a couple of questions if you don't mind:
    1) We work the same day shift @ work so we're both gone at the same time for at least 8 hours. Will the ecoglow be ok left on for that long with no one home? I'm stressing trying to figure out a way to keep the babies warm & everything safe while we're gone. What do you think? What advice do you have for our situation?
    2) As far as the coop/run we want to make it as big as we can but also stay within budget. We're not going to let them free range because we have too many predators so we wanted to build a big enough run for them to stay in all the time without feeling like they were cooped up (just realized the pun :D). What about using pallets to build the coop & run? Do you think these will be safe as long as we use hardware cloth & bury the wire & make an apron & all that? Or would it be safer to just buy normal lumber?

    Sorry for the questions & thanks! We're going to get the babies tomorrow-Friday 2/28 (hopefully)

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  161. TheChickenChick2/27/14, 9:00 PM

    1) The EcoGlow is safe to use while you are at work, heat lamps are never safe.
    2)It depends how it is built.

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  162. Becky Lovett Kulis3/4/14, 7:00 PM

    You convinced me! I just bought the EcoGlow. My question - do you glue the rubber shelf liner down also?

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  163. Because of you writing so much about the EcoGlow I bought my first one for this round of chicks and I *love* it. Specially after our house fire in August. Though it wasn't due from a heart lamp or anything stuff like that scares me so bad now. This I am at ease with, plus I can keep it on when I run around shopping were as I use to turn my lamps off. Thanks!

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  164. Wendy Kelley Mason3/8/14, 9:09 AM

    Ive had my chicks for a few wks now and just learned about this warmer...It looks as though my babies may be to big now to fit under it? Any other suggestions ?

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  165. TheChickenChick3/8/14, 5:22 PM

    The EcoGlow has various levels to which it can be raised.

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  166. Danni King3/8/14, 6:22 PM

    Unfortunately, Amazon has stopped selling this product, saying the "Item is under review".
    :-(

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  167. TheChickenChick3/8/14, 9:16 PM

    That just means there is an inventory problem. This website has them in stock, Danni: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051ZG3R8?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B0051ZG3R8&linkCode=xm2&tag=thechichi-20

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  168. TheChickenChick3/8/14, 9:20 PM

    That just means there's a problem with inventory usually, Danni. You can still buy it online here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051ZG3R8?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B0051ZG3R8&linkCode=xm2&tag=thechichi-20

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  169. Allison Spradlin3/9/14, 9:20 PM

    Just realized the post is 2years old. So I'm assuming that the coupon code has been taken down because it's no longer active...

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  170. Kathy Knoll3/14/14, 9:29 AM

    Glad to know this. Will get one.

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  171. Leigh Ann Fowler3/14/14, 9:37 AM

    Glad I read this. Heat lamps scare me but we had single digit temps here this winter (very unusual for the South) and I had a heat lamp on my chickens and my dogs. Just ordered the brooder for the babies and will be ordering the flat heat panel for my dogs before next winter.

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  172. freedomlover3633/14/14, 9:48 AM

    I bought one off of Amazon ... this product came highly recommended from a lot of chicken owners ... I am getting my chicks in a few weeks.

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  173. I have the same questions.... following

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  174. Is there a less expensive alternative? $78 is outside of my budget.

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  175. Here is one save that just happened: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151883284851442&set=a.10151501528486442.1073741845.599536441&type=1&theater

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  176. TheChickenChick3/14/14, 8:10 PM

    I'm really happy for you. You will not be disappointed.

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  177. Heather Collins3/16/14, 6:13 PM

    Do you regulate the heat from the Ecoglow brooder heater? Does it stay in there until they move out to the coop?

    Also, where do you place your favorite flat panel heater? On the wall near the roost or do they nest on top of it? I have a kennel heat panel that I am thinking of using.

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  178. Kelly Smith3/16/14, 6:19 PM

    I'm so happy to have this blog show up. My heat lamp burned out in the cord and inside the ceramic area, nobody was hurt (chicks) and no fire since the cord was on tile. However I'm frightened with this. The chicks are 5 weeks old and I'd like to move them out of the laundry room where I have an infra red heat pad mounted on a guitar stand with a clamp. I think this is a better solution now. What I don't know is how soon can they go outside. I'm in california and it drops to 68 at night and about 84 lately in the day.

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  179. TheChickenChick3/16/14, 6:25 PM

    There is no need to regulate it. When the chicks are cold, they hang out underneath it, when they're not cold, they play in the brooder.
    I put my flat panel on the wall across from the roost- you wouldn't want anyone to have their comb touching it- it gets warmer than the EcoGlow, for instance.

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  180. Heather Collins3/16/14, 6:29 PM

    Thank you for suck a quick response and helpful info.

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