|Premier's Prima Heat Lamp in use with young orphan lambs.|
It's heat lamp season. With the cool to cold weather folks are looking for ways to keep baby lambs and chicks warm. Thus they're relying on heat lamps. We've re-designed our original heat lamps to be significantly more formidable.
- Easier grill attachment. Instead of snapping on the grill, new design twists on.
- Improved chimney system: reduces heat pockets at the top of the lamp.
- Glass reinforced material: greater strength and more resistance to higher temperatures (holds up to long use of 250w bulbs).
- Shorter length: can be held higher on short wire panels.
- Anti-chew cord.
- Strong attachment design. Use a heat lamp clip to connect to wire panels. This is significantly stronger than most heat lamp connections you will find.
|Brooding chicks with a Prima Heat Lamp and Heat Lamp Stand.|
- Tie or clip them securely—particularly if adult sheep, goats or pigs are exposed to them. A lamp that falls onto animals or bedding has consequences that can be very serious—including a fire.
- Use PAR glass (pressed glass) bulbs. Far more durable than common heat bulbs.
- For sheep, goats and other non-poultry livestock—don't hang them closer than 20" from bedding or baby animals that can't move away from them. You can hang closer than 20" when brooding chicks, as long as excess heat has a place to escape and the birds are comfortable spread throughout the brooder.
- Don't enclose them in barrels or similar small spaces. The heat must be allowed to move away from the lamps.
- Don't use heat lamps any longer than necessary. (We hear reports of folks using them continuously for 2-3 months.) Lambs and kids only need extra heat when they are weak or wet newborns or suffering from hypothermia. We start weaning chicks off of lamps when they're close to fully feathered.
For more information on shed-lambing, check out this article on our Guide to All Things Sheep.