Trade in your heat lamp for a Sweeter Heater this year.
The cold season is here for us in Ohio and fast approaching for others. You know what that means right? It is officially time to bring out the heated drinkers, pile up the bedding, and batten down the hatches for winter. My first thought goes to heating, not that I heat our coop. I do however, always have a hospital area setup for any animals feeling ill. Fall seems to bring with it colds, respiratory issues, and other sicknesses.
This year I did something different, I tossed all my heat lamps! After purchasing a Sweeter Heater last year to use for both my chicks and goats, I will never turn back! So, what makes the Sweeter Heater my favorite choice on the market, when it comes to animal heating options? There are so many benefits, but I will hit on the most important ones. Safety, energy efficiency, and animal health are amongst the top benefits. Of all the equipment we have here on the farm, my heater is one thing I would hate to live without.
Did you know the number one cause of barn fires is heat lamps? That’s right according to the National Fire Protection Agency they made up 15% of barn fires in 2010. I did not either, until my old heat lamp almost caught our garage on fire last year. When I started doing research on other available options I came across the scary statistics on heat lamps. After that it was impossible to go back to the old-style heat lamps.
Beyond fire hazards, heat bulbs blow often, leaving vulnerable chicks literally in the dark as well as cold. What if it goes out while you are away from home, at work, or soundly sleeping? If the temperatures fall enough you may be finding sick or worse dead chicks by the time you stumble across the problem.
While the heater will cost more up front, it will not take long to recoup the difference. Between energy cost and bulb replacements the money adds up fast. The Sweeter Heater only uses an average of 150 watts, yet a heat lamp bulb uses 250 to 500 watts depending on what you choose. Now, if you have a larger brooder you will need two heat lamps doubling the power use.
How can a heater choice make a difference in the health of your chicks? Simple, the Sweeter Heater keeps an even temperature around the birds. When ambient temperatures rise and fall there is a chance of overheating the chicks under a standard heat lamp. While under the Sweeter Heater the same ambient change will have little to no effect on the brooder temperatures. Heat lamps also contribute to pasty butt in young chicks, however the same does not apply to a Sweeter Heater. Also, having a constant light on chicks can cause undue stress, while the Sweeter Heater allows for a more natural upbringing.
The infrared technology used by Sweeter Heater is ideal for raising just about any animals. I have used mine for chicks, chickens, cats, laboring goats, and even baby goats. Why do I trust this heater? Because I have been using it for over a year with amazing results. I love that it does not burn you if touched and no longer fearing fires. What else makes it great? It is made in the U.S.A! There are different sizes and mounting applications available, depending on your preferred method. My only complaint is that I want more, which I will do before kidding season in the spring! My goal is for each birthing stall to have its own heater to be shared by mama and kids. I guess I need 4 more….I better start saving.
For More Information go to Sweeter Heater’s Website.
Report: NFPA’s “Structure Fires in Barns“
Author: Ben Evarts
Issued: June 2012
From 2006 to 2010, 830 structure fires in barns (properties defined in NFIRS as: livestock or poultry storage, including barns, stockyards, and animal pens) were reported to U.S. municipal fire departments per year. These fires were responsible for annual losses of one civilian death, ten civilian injuries, and $28 million in direct property damage. Heating equipment was the cause of nearly one-quarter (25%) of these fires, led by heat lamps (15%). NFPA 150, Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities covers barns where animals are housed and is invaluable to anyone interested in safety in this type of property. For More information on barn fire stats go NFPA’s Website.