Red or white heat light for chicken house & what's the difference? : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread

Just wondering if anyone can tell me which light is better for the coop on these winter days/nights and also what the difference is between them. We currently use a red one for them and would like to know if this is wrong.

-- Lisa (, December 17, 2001


The red ones will help cut down on pecking at each other and cannabilism. I keep a red one in my hen house also.... Barb

-- Barbara (, December 18, 2001.

I have used both and find that the chicks seem to be calmer in red light until they are several weeks old, then I can switch to white without much trouble. The only red IR lamps available around here are 250W; the whites come in 250W and 125W. To save money on electricity, I switch to the 125W white IR lamps after three weeks or so.

You should shop around a little for your lights, too. Lowe's sells red IR's for $10.99, and Tractor Supply sells theirs for $4.99.


-- Mark in West Central Ohio (, December 18, 2001.

White is more like natural daylight which means if you keep it on for 24 hrs./day, the chickens may get stressed out from lack of sleep.

Red supposedly will not stress the chickens and will mainly just keep them warm.

I'm not a scientist, this is just what I have always thought!

-- r.h. in okla. (, December 22, 2001.

If you want only heat from the light then use blue chickens can not see the color blue. Walmart sells them cheaper then Lowes.

-- rl davis (, December 24, 2001.

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