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Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder for Chicks or Ducklings

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  • Brooder for warming newly hatched chicks or ducklings
  • Radiant-heated underside for producing uniform temperature and minimizing power consumption
  • Three adjustable height settings for accommodating various chick sizes
  • Indicator light for confirming brooder is connected
  • Measures 12.0 x 8.0 x 8.0 inches (L x W x H) for holding up to 20 chicks
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Product Description

Brinsea brooder warms newly hatched chicks or ducklings, and has a radiant-heated underside to produce a uniform temperature and minimize power consumption. The brooder can be adjusted to three heights to accommodate various chick sizes, and has an indicator light for confirming the brooder is connected. The brooder measures 12.0 x 8.0 x 8.0 inches (L x W x H) for holding up to 20 chicks. (L is length, the horizontal distance from left to right; W is width, the horizontal distance from front to back; H is height, the vertical distance from the lowest to highest point.) The brooder, which includes a 10-foot power cable for extended reach, operates on 12.0V from a main transformer (included), and consumes up to 18.0 watts of electricity. The brooder’s cabinet is made of antimicrobial polyurethane plastic for durability and resistance to bacterial contamination. Polyurethane is nonconductive and has good abrasion, chemical, and UV radiation resistance. It is also resistant to oil, weather, ozone, heat, electricity, tearing, and various chemicals. The brooder is suitable for any waterfowl or game bird chicks, and for classroom hatches.

Brinsea Products, Inc. manufactures bird and reptile breeding products, including incubators, brooders, and accessories. The company, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Titusville, FL and meets International Organization of Standardization (ISO) standard 9002.


The EcoGlow chick brooder is designed to be extremely economical to use, especially for small numbers of birds.  A typical heat lamp runs at 250 watts compared with 14 watts for the EcoGlow. Considering the brooder is on 24/7, this is an important saving.
To get the best use from this low power unit it is important to understand that there is no big margin of ‘spare’ heat and some precautions need to be taken depending on the ambient temperature in the room, and on the age and number of chicks –and the size or species.
First, it is better to have the unit on a lower height setting, if in doubt.  The chicks will move away from the EcoGlow if they are too warm.  If brooding very young quail or very small numbers of any small birds, it is a good idea to confine them in a cardboard box at least twice the size of the EcoGlow, but put the brooder against one side of the box so that the birds can only enter on the other side.  This conserves warmth under the brooder but still allows birds to move freely out into the open as they wish.  Another useful trick is to put the whole box on a slab of 1” Styrofoam to reduce heat loss from the bottom. 
In an extreme case, it can be useful to remove one end of the EcoGlow so that it rests directly on the floor.  The other end is best at the middle or higher position.  This gives very small birds to option to touch the warm surface or adjust their position for maximum comfort.
Because the heat from the black underside of the EcoGlow is largely radiant, measuring the temperature with a thermometer is of little value.  Radiant heat passes through air without warming it. Only a solid object will absorb and be warmed by Radiant heat. So a thermometer will register the air temperature but not the radiant heat and will usually show some 5 to 10°F lower than the effective temperature felt by the chicks.  Always watch the behavior of the birds.  They will naturally huddle together if they are cool.  The more of them, the less external warmth they need.
For larger numbers of birds, from two to four EcoGlows can be assembled side by side.  Above four units, it is probably better to leave a gap between units for birds to exit freely.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 8.2 x 8.3 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B008HVM56Q
  • Item model number: USHD500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,938 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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I've been using this for the last year and a half, brooding six rounds of chicks. The good news is that you're going to save a lot of electricity --- about $11 per four week period (which is about how long chicks need it) at our energy prices of 12.3 cents/kwh. So, brood six sets of chicks and the ecoglow brooder has paid for itself.

The other good news is that you won't risk burning down your coop. We almost started a fire once when our heat lamp fell in the bedding. Another time, rain splashed onto a different bulb, causing it to explode --- if we hadn't noticed that, our chicks would have died without a heat source. This brooder just keeps plugging along.

There are a few slight downsides. First, within a week, your chicks will learn to jump up on top. They'll love sitting there, and the brooder will get coated in manure, which you'll have to carefully clean off without submerging the heating unit.

The brooder has three height settings, but you need to be very careful when taking the legs off to change heights. I have a feeling that six or ten height changes will be enough to make the plastic legs break, so I usually step up the height by setting the legs on bricks instead.

The final downside is that chicks fresh from the incubator won't dry off enough under one of these if your interior temperature is below about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of you probably keep your houses warmer than that, though, and once your chicks are a few days old, the ecoglow is enough for them down into the forties.

Those caveats aside, this is the best product I've found for brooding chicks. I will get another one when mine breaks.
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My chicks love this, but here are a couple of things I found with it.

1) I have the bigger model, too, and it is in a giant onion pallet box from Costco (they give those away for free, folks!), along with 50 chicks. I did not have it set low enough (you have to have it almost touching the bedding when the chicks are little) and so when the chicks laid down for the night, they weren't touching it. They have to be touching it. I lost 7 chicks to chilling before I figured out what was wrong (they were also wandering too far from it. See below.).

2) With either model, I discovered that if the brooder is very big, the chicks can wander far enough away from the EcoGlow to not think to go back when they are getting chilled. Mama chickens call chicks back to them to get warm. EcoGlow doesn't do that. I wound up using a heat lamp over my onion box, too, to keep the wanderers warm. I also have a smaller brooder made from a 25 gallon plastic tote retrofitted with hardware cloth in the top and that's where the smaller EcoGlow is. To keep the chicks from wandering too far when they were very small, I put a blockade to keep them right in the immediate vicinity of the EcoGlow.

Since the small EcoGlow doesn't adjust down to almost touching the bedding, you have to pile the bedding up under it so the tiny chicks can touch the plate. That works just fine, though, and in fact is mentioned in the instructions.
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My EcoGlow Brooder arrived lightning fast. Unfortunately, one of the "tabs" that help the yellow main part connect with the black stands, had a small dent in it and broke the black tab part of one side of my black stand. I ALWAYS follow packaging instructions and that tiny little bump on my yellow tab will not allow one side of my EcoGlow to attach to any level of the black stand without breaking it. Annoying, but easy to fix by propping the broken side against my brooder. (The side that had no flaw, attaches and detaches from the stand without a problem) Besides that, it was a dream to set up, my chicks loved it, and I felt reassured that I wasn't leaving behind a fire hazard (those exploding heat lamps!) everyday.

Then the thin, heating panel began to fall out. This happened the first time I took out the EcoGlow to clean out the bedding. At first it was an easy fix as well (just make sure it's fitted snugly in between the black stand and the yellow main part), but this morning, it fell out quietly and trapped one of my chicks underneath it for god knows how long. A week old chick is no match for that light sheet of plastic. She was obviously overheated by the time I heard her struggling and died within an hour.

I've had this brooder for only a week. I've heard of how the price of this brooder would more than make up for itself with how much it would save me on electric bills, but right now, it's a frustrating piece of equipment that killed one of my babies and I was extremely hesitant to set it up and start using it again, in case something else broke and it would collapse on top of the rest of my poor chicks.

I can't believe that something this expensive could be made out of such poorly designed, cheap plastic parts.
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By S pool on March 24, 2014
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Heater was consistent 101F when measured with laser thermometer

The power supply is china junk not CE certified and runs 112F plugged in outlet (fire hazard). My son had touched it and thought it was catching on fire. It was hot to touch. Hollow with no cooling mechanism.Expected a decent power supply for this price.

Other thoughts
Tried this out on 30 bantam chicks for several days inside house. None would go under the heater on lowest height setting or medium setting. Tried a reptile light at top of cage that worked at 99.5F with room temp between 60-70F. Chicks loved it.
Turns out my sons red footed turtle loves to bask under the radiant heat of the ecoglow. The heater has perminately moved to the turtles cage. Sticking with the reptile light for the first month so far so good with the chicks.

The power supply provided is a safety concern. I would recommend replacing with a quality power supply not the hollow junk provided. Was planning on buying this brand name incubator but am holding off due the the quality of the power supply on this unit.
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