Why do I need a 'heat bulb'?

One very important condition for baby chicks is warmth… they have little ability to control their own body temperature (like humans do when they shiver or sweat) during their early growth stages. During this time, special high intensity 'heat' bulbs are used to offer the chicks additional warmth. They will move towards, or away from, the heat bulb depending on their need for more or less heat. Regular household bulbs, including fluorescent bulbs, provide little to no useful heat energy for the chicks.