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Brinsea EcoGlow Brooder for Chicks or Ducklings
- 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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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.
HELP & ADVICE
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.
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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.
I have the other Brinsea products, and was quite happy with those. This one is going to be a dud....I'll have a heat lamp on standby....
UPDATE: I still use this unit, along with 3 Premier Heatplates (12x12 and 16x24 sizes). Given a choice, the chicks clearly prefer the Brinsea EcoGlow to the Premier plates; it seems to be a gentler heat from a non-stick surface whereas the Premier is just a stainless steel surface. But when I use the Premier alone, the chicks are totally fine. No noticeable difference in development. So given the price differential, I've gotten more Premier plates - we have 3-4 brooders running in the Spring. No heat lamps - I don't need the fire hazard! The chicks harden off great, with heatplates (aka "electric hens")!
The concept works, like a hen substitute, which is great. It doesn't heat up the whole house or room. It isn't a bright light so the chicks will go to sleep at night. It isn't as much of a fire hazard or burn victim hazard at the traditional bright lights. The chicks like it.
Cons: it is difficult to change the height. The actual heating encasement (the yellow part) is poorly put together (at least mine was) and the flap fell off. Since its a heater you don't just throw duct tape on it to fix it. I have used it for a month and it was $80. I don't think my money was well spent and I would not buy it again.
There are other products out there that are similar to this one, but they are not as expensive. I am all for spending extra for safety and quality, but this is not that product.