Brinsea EcoGlow 20 Chick Brooder Review
Now you have all the chicks hatched, you wonder what am I to do next. Well that is where the Brinsea EcoGlow 20 Chick brooder comes in. Immediately after hatching the chicks need to dry. This is best done by letting them dry in the incubator for a while. Once this is done they need to be moved to a brooder. What is a brooder? A brooder is a device that keeps chicks warm while they can not adjust their own body temperature. It can be as simple as a light bulb and as advanced as a computer controlled temperature enclosure.
The Brinsea Ecoglow 20 Chick Brooder has a lot going for it. One of the biggest is how energy efficient it is. Typically a brooder will use a 250 watt light bulb to provide heat, the EcoGlow 20 only uses about 14 watts. When you realize a brooder is on day and night for days, the energy savings can be substantial. The Brinsea EcoGlow 20 chick brooder uses radiant heat. What does this mean? Well it means it will warm your chicks and not the surrounding air. This is why it only uses 14 watts, the heat does directly to the chicks.
The Good Points
- Low energy usage
- Sized to handle about 20 chicks
- Legs are adjustable, so it will grow along with your chicks
- There is a very low risk of fire with these types of brooders
The Bad Points
- It will not take long for the chicks to learn to jump on top which will make cleanup messy
- Legs seemed to be a little flimsy, so there could be some improvement there
- Being radiant heat, the surrounding temps should be room temperature, so this brooder will probably not work in a unheated barn if the outside temp is cold
I would not hesitate to buy this brooder as it seems it will do a very nice job on brooding. The very low energy usage is a great plus. If you are wanting to brood in a very cold barn you may want to use the good old standby. The 250 watt electric light. Just be careful how you hang it as not to create a fire hazard. But for those who want to brood in a warmer building this unit seems like it will work great.