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infra red brooders and lamps

Post by limochick » 13 Jun 2010, 11:32

hi ,
word of warning to any one not aware:-
in this years hatchlings we had a few of one breed that developed crooked toes,
at first thought it was in the coqs genes , untill other breeds developed the same.
did a lot of research and found , on 3 different sites, that crooked toe can be caused by a defeciency brought on by INFRA RED light.
i presume that because this year has been a cold wet feb/march(and the rest)
that having the brooder lamps on day and night, has over exposed the chicks to infra red light..
electric hen on its way from uk.
also 80 watt instead of 250watt. so will pay for itself in 2 months.
it was a minority of chicks , but even so they cant be sold , so its time and money wasted.

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Re: infra red brooders and lamps

Post by tweedy » 13 Jun 2010, 12:57

Vitamin defiency in the parents can cause it too, so although electric hens are good i wouldnt neccesarily blame the infra red lamps.

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Re: infra red brooders and lamps

Post by mojo » 13 Jun 2010, 13:16

haveing used red lamps for more years than i care to count and only had a tiny few chicks with twisted toes or foot or leg problems perhaps it was coincendence for you or maybe i have just been luccky...............but all my breeders get ACV once a month and greens or fruit once a week
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Post by limochick » 13 Jun 2010, 16:00

all our breeders get vitamin supplements and vitamin b, in brewers yeast
the chicks get booster vitamins at 5 days old , for 3 days
as i said i think the unseasonal weather meant they were under the lamps more than usual

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Post by tweedy » 13 Jun 2010, 16:22


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Post by limochick » 13 Jun 2010, 17:49

yes i have thanks ,
actually it was one of the suppliers of ceramic heat lamps , that warned about infra red and crooked feet, so i researched it more on the tinternet , in us of a.

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Re: infra red brooders and lamps

Post by tweedy » 13 Jun 2010, 19:13

The first one i listed i have heard fantastic reports about.

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Re: infra red brooders and lamps

Post by laffinfowl » 13 Jun 2010, 20:12

2nd ones a bit pricey,use the dull emitter bulb myself and so far touch wood haven,t had a problem. I find when you control the light the chicks feather up quicker and are a lot more relaxed.

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Re: infra red brooders and lamps

Post by limochick » 13 Jun 2010, 20:51

thanks tweedy and thanks laffinfowl,
with the price of electricity in france need to try the low wattage electric hen, for hatchlings initial heating.

why does it always seem that when you solve one problem you find (or create) another?

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