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SWEETER HEATER BROODER REVIEW
The chicks in our first round are now about a month old and we have
learned a few interesting things. I thought I'd give you a
preliminary report on some of our early observations.
First let me say that my husband is a trained engineer
retired from industrial equipment design; he finds fault with nearly
every piece of equipment we acquire, but extols your heater panels as
a superior product.
We set up four brooding units, side by side. Each is 34" across the
front and 4' deep. The heater panels are toward the back. Feed and
water stations are toward the front, with a light above them. We
started out with 60 watt incandescent bulbs, which turned out to
contribute too much heat, so we switched to 15 watt soft white
appliance bulbs and they are just right.
With the light at the top front, the panel throws a shadow over the
heated area, which is good for resting chicks. Having the panels
toward the back causes the heat to be trapped against the back and
side-back walls, preventing any possibility of drafts. The maximum
panel height is 28 inches (limited by the brooder roof, which keeps
in heat and keeps out predators). Current panel heights range from 12
inches for the youngest chicks (3 weeks old and the largest group
with 33 chicks) to 18 inches for the oldest (5 weeks old and the
smallest group with 20 chicks) with ambient temperatures in the mid
The first thing we discovered is that the chicks spend less time
huddled under the heat, pushing and shoving for a warm position, and
spend more time engaged in chickhood activities than chicks brooded
under a heat lamp. We also found that - based on years of using heat
lamps - we had to raise the panels more quickly than we expected, and
during the day we opened vents to let some of the heat escape, even
in cool weather. At no time did the chicks pile under the panels or
press away from the heaters and pant, as they do with an improperly
adjusted heat lamp.
We find that each panel can handle about five dozen chicks for their
first few days of life. After that, the size of the brooding area is
the limiting factor. In a proper draft-free setup, this size panel
might accommodate five dozen chicks for their entire brooding time
(until brooding temperature reaches ambient temperature). We hope to
check this some time in the future by setting up a panel in one of
our goat-kidding stalls.
Bottom line: The chicks react favorably to the Sweeter Heaters
compared to heat lamp brooding, and we have had to modify our
thinking away from the usual issues involved in infrared or
incandescent heat lamp brooding. Because of all the variables
involved (varying ambient temperatures, number of chicks in each
group, brooder size, regulation of heat source) brooding chicks
always requires constant adjustments from one day to the next and one
year to the next. We are in the process of discovering what
adjustments are involved with the Sweeter Heaters. Now that we have a
better idea what to except, we are looking forward to the next round
of chicks due in mid April, to learn more and take lots of photos.
On another issue: In the past we have on occasion had a heat lamp
shatter when baby ducks or geese splattered water in the brooder.
Although we do not keep waterfowl at this time, I feel confident the
Sweeter Heater would be more suitable/safer for brooding ducks and
geese than any type of heat lamp - an important feature to mention in
your brochure. If you feel it would be of benefit to you, we will
brood a few ducks after our mid-April chicks outgrow the brooders.
Please let me know your thoughts ASAP, as I would need to order the
ducks before it is too late for this hatching season.
Hello, I am writing to let you know that we received our Sweeter Heater and it is wonderful! Thank you so much for this wonderful product. We have put it up in our Chicken Coop, and here is a picture to prove that our hens are very happy with it. It is a great heater, very easy to clean, and very safe for our coop. Thank you so much!
RedBarn Silkie Farm
She crawled right under the OH1130 SH to have her puppies, just like she new what it was there for. -Vicky
Thank you for your quick response in this matter. I found out about your heaters through an Afghan Hound breeder, my good friend Betsy. She had loaned me her heater for a previous litter of Tibetan Terriers. I knew immediately I would not want to have another litter without one - it is so safe & convenient.
I am including a couple of pictures from that experience, to show the arrangement that worked best for me. That is a 3'x 3' puppy pen - the heater rests nicely on top. -Tina
OH1140 suspended over whelping cage.
Hi! Thank you very much for the Sweeter Heater!! It arrived just when you said it should and since its arrival has kept our old doggie comfortable and able to sleep the night finally!! We are very very happy with it!!!!! :)
Thank you, Again! -Lonnie
We would not have been able to whelp these puppies in the kennel during the cold weather without the Sweeter Heater.
Side Mount Used to keep water from freezing in severe weather
Just wanted to let you know I installed my heater on the side of my rabbit hutch like your salesman recommended and not only did my rabbit instantly move right next to it, I realized this morning was the first time his water bottle didn't freeze overnight, not a big deal but I was getting sick of trudging outside on the coldest of mornings to switch bottles. Thanks for the recommendation!
...she just adjusted the front legs high and set the back end at cage floor level, that way the chicks can pick their own level of heat. Hey! I said, what a good idea. So I took one of my sweeter heaters and just hung it through the cage wires by the cord. Perfect! The little chicks, even the newly hatched, seek their own comfort level. They also like to sort of hide under there just like chicks like to run back and hide in their mothers feathers. I taped a little curtain of material strips across the front that the chicks run through. I wish I had taken a picture. It was great for the chicks, it was their warmth and their hidey hole. When the weather turns cold, I use another one to put on the side of a small cage that is inside a big hutch) I use the cage to introduce young chickens to the big chicken yard and the other chickens.
The one I just bought I am going to use in a small hutch in another area. The chickens I have are sensitive to cold and at times I have to add some warmth. The Sweeter Heaters don't use a lot of electricity. That is one of the best things about them. Dixie Gainer
The heaters came on Friday and my helper put them up Saturday (I was gone to my nephew's wedding in Southern California). We all--the hens, my helper, and myself--love these heaters. They are wonderful. Thank you, thank you!
Edith and the Ladies (and two roosters as well!!!)
Dear Infratherm, Inc. Wanted to let you see what I did with your Sweeter Heater. This was back in Nov. of last year (2009).
I found a young female cat that had kittens on my patio so I took it upon myself to try and tame her.
But I had to see that she and her kittens don't freeze first. What you see is a mini-truck bed storage box. I cut openings on both ends, put your Sweeter Heater under the larger of the two lids, power it through a outdoor thermostat and put in a wireless thermometer. As soon as I was clear of the area she and her kittens moved right in.
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