What is an EcoGlow Brooder?
EcoGlow brooders are a height adjustable heat source which allows you to keep up with your chicks growing needs. Being a heat only source, it allows for your chicks to grow more naturally and have sleep cycles which aren’t inhibited by bright lights shining on them 24/7.
The actual heat pad is safe for human touch so rest assured that your fluffy, little babies can huddle up underneath without getting burnt. Much like a mothers heat, they will move under or away as their needs dictate. To be most effective, it should be kept out of draughts (much like us when we go to the MCG) so a box with high sides is perfect. We also use rabbit cages with a towel draped over one end 🙂
Why use an EcoGlow brooder?
Traditional reptile globes and ceramic heat bulbs can chew through huge amounts of power, using anywhere between 75-150 watts of power per device. EcoGlow brooders are fantastic energy savers in comparison, using between 16-60 watts of power at peak periods. Far and away the safest on the market, with the 12v transformer also.
With more chicken lovers coming together on forums and Facebook groups, the incidence of fires using other heat sources is much higher than originally thought. Although honestly, you can’t really be surprised when you think of something that is used for a reason it was not intended to be used for, with power supplied for 24/7, in an isolated location, combining heat with flammable bedding sources? This happened to R. Wills (Melbourne) in 2015, who was using a reptile heat mat for brooding chicks…
How much power do they use?
The EcoGlow 20 chick only uses an amazing 16 watts of power – substantially less than conventional reptile or ceramic heat globes. The EcoGlow 50 chick uses up to 60 watts of power. Given that brooders need to be on all day, everyday, the savings on your electricity bills are huge!
Which size is best for me?
EcoGlow 20 chick
EcoGlow 20 chick is really only appropriate for up to 10 chicks standard sized. When you think how quickly these chicks grow (and if you are new to brooding chicks, trust us, they grow *really* quickly) it can be quite a squeeze for any more than this number. We have taken a picture of an small EcoGlow (yellow border) compared to an A4 piece of paper (blue) to give you a real idea of size. This unit measures 30cm wide x 20cm deep x 20cm high.
With so many brands available, why should I buy the EcoGlow brooder?
As with all great ideas, there are (in our opinion) inferior copies of brooder equipment available on the market. That’s just how it works with anything now-a-days. When asked why should we use this product compared to others, we simply point out that our Brinsea EcoGlow brooder has an Australian (three pin) plug which is set at the factory and has therefore passed stringent quality assurance testing. You also won’t need an adaptor to change a foreign plug. We have also heard that the leg design is superior on the EcoGlow as it is much sturdier and needs less ‘fiddling’ to get it right.
And more importantly, it comes with a full 2 year Australia-based warranty. No other brands will give you that piece of mind… Yes you may save a few dollars if you get a cheaper knockoff from Ebay, or even the same model direct from the UK… but if something goes wrong will you really send it back to them? Or can you even send it back to them? Or is it now just landfill?
Can it only be used for chickens?
The Brinsea EcoGlow is suitable for all breeds of poultry, including ducks and quail. Some customers have told us that they have put contact (assuming clear but no reason you can’t use any) on the top of the yellow platform to enable easier cleaning between broods.
How much are the two sizes of Brinsea EcoGlow brooders?
Due to the fall of the Australian dollar, recently there have been increases in both sizes of the brooders, although Suburban Chooks always aim to provide customers with the lowest price we can.
EcoGlow 20 chick brooder – $110 plus p/h.
EcoGlow 50 chick brooder – $180 plus p/h.
Pickup from Cranbourne or Keysborough (Melbourne south-eastern suburbs) is also possible for those that are in the area.
Can you post out this item?
Do you give discounts to larger orders?
How do I place an order to get one of these?
The fastest and easiest way to place an order is to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org (or fill out the ‘Contact Us’ form) and provide us with your full order, full name, postal address, email address and contact number. We will then reply with postage and handling costs. You let us know which postage option and price you want to use. We will then email you an invoice with bank deposit details and off we go 🙂
Please be aware that it can take 2-3 days from initial order/enquiry to dispatch of EcoGlow brooders – it takes time to confirm postage and handling costs and have all payments cleared prior to postage.
Any other hints/tips?
We have raised chicks outdoors in Melbourne, which is still pretty chilly at night, with huge success. The only thing we have done is put a towel over the end of the rabbit cages to provide more of a barrier against draughts… You may also need to check that the chicks know where to sleep and they will need to be taught/moved to under the EcoGlow heat pad.
The top can get messy as the chicks will grow and find that they are warm on the top of the brooder also – some customers have said that they have put contact on the top before first use and find it much easier to clean.
I have another question…
If we haven’t answered all of your questions in relation to these fantastic brooders, feel free to contact us with your question and we will certainly get back to you with an answer as soon as possible…