Return of the Night

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Our new ceramic bulb heaters and thermostat arrived today.  I replaced the four 250 Watt clear heat lamps for four 250 watt Exo-Terra  heaters and a Zilla 1000 Watt temperature controller.  Two of the heaters are on continuously and two are on the controller.  The dial on the controller has a temperature range from 70º to 105º, but it seems that the suggested location of the probe, against the wall, creates a large discrepancy from what the thermometer is reading.  I changed the probe location and stuck it to the thermometer sensor.  I added another lamp with a 100 watt incandescent bulb just for light.  It is on a timer giving the chicks a dark period from 9pm to 5:30am.  This period is just a rough guess of what their daylight hours should be, I want to do more research on what the light period should be for chick development.  I hope the dark period will help the pasty butt by establishing a period in which the chicks will not be eating.

 

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