It is not just chicks that we use light bulbs for heat, but for any
injured animal. The heat source must be somewhere that the animal can
not reach or they chew on it, chewing and electricity do not go
together. Also, we use incandescent light bulbs in hoop houses to
protect our crops when the temperature drops below 28F. A heating pad
will not do that. Much of the time we are concerned with air
temperature, not just applying heat to a certain place. I do have a low
wattage pig pad that works great for sprouting seeds as well as many
other uses, but incandescent light bulbs are still a necessity.
Ed Sarlls wrote:
> I use a low watt heating pad from the hydroponics supply for sprouting
> seeds. It should work for chicks. Does cost more than a light bulb.
> Ed Sarlls