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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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Top Customer Reviews
I bought one over 2 years ago and loved it so much I purchased a 2nd brooder! I have recommended it to everyone Ive given chicks to!
I have used this brooder when I had no broody hen, to help my broody with lots of babies and so much more!
The Brines EcoGlow Brooder is like having a broody with your chicks! I could never go back to the traditional light brooder!
here are some reasons I prefer this brooder vs the traditional light brooder
Brines EcoGlow Brooder ~ VS ~ Traditional Light Brooder
No worry of fire or too much heat! ~ VS ~ Can cause a fire or burn chicks alive
Uses very little Power ~ VS ~ Uses More Power
Never Runs out, Never needs to be replaced ~ VS ~ Must replace light when it burns out
Easy to clean with just a quick wipe ~ VS ~ Cannot touch when hot
Never gets too HOT only stays the perfect temp ~ VS ~ Gets VERY Hot
Reuse it over and over again for year and years ~ VS ~ Must replace the light when it goes out, switch ca break.
You can leave it on and go away for days without worry ~ VS ~ Cant leave it on for too long
Keeps chicks warm and cozy as they sleep ~ VS ~ Keeps chicks warn but can get too hot or too bright & keep chicks up!
Mimics momma by allowing chicks to sleep under it ~ VS ~ Is Nothing like momma
Chicks can sleep next to it, under it and even go on top of it ~ VS ~ Only Hangs over chicks only and they cant escape the heat
Very Natural way for Chicks to sleep ~ VS ~ Not Natural way for Chicks to sleep
Adjustable to 3 sizes ~ VS ~ Can only hang from a certain high to be safe!
Ive used this brooder on cold nights so my adult chickens could sleep next to it for extra heat! My bantam hens can fit under it when set to highest size. Ive also used the brooder when I had a lot of chicks and mom needed some help, all the chicks were perfectly happy to have a choice.
This brooder is also perfect when your broody is sleeping in a nest thats too high for chicks to get to so when they loose mom or fall out, they have a place to sleep until mom can get to them again! This brooder is a life safer!! I purchased it because I had no broody but now I always have broody hens and still love to use it!! I love that it can be adjusted to 3 sizes so can fit newly hatched chicks and grow with them, it is compact enough to fit inside the nest, you can take it apart to store and/or clean, and I don't ever have to worry that the bedding will catch on fire!
I've added several pictures to this product before I wrote review. I am adding even more and have so many to share! This is a great product I could go on and on about it!! Here is a link to my youtube video. In this video my Broody hen has 36 chicks so I gave her the EcoGlow to assist at night!
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 older chickens so when one goes broody and I want to give her a few chicks (I don't hatch anymore as I don't want more roosters) - I keep the chicks in the house in a brooder with this until it's dark out. I put one of those warm up heat packs in the microwave (just till warm) and wrap in in a pillowcase and put it in a bucket with shavings, the warm pack and chicks on top. This keeps them quiet and happy until I can tuck them under the broody hen (who's sat on wooden eggs for 21 days :). Works great and this is how I've grown my flock for the past few years. This unit works better then a red light because they're used to the dark at night so don't get scared when the light goes out.