Originally Posted by HntnFsh
My female German shepherd is going to have pups any day now.I want to put a heat lamp in the birthing area for the pups.Was wondering what type to use.
One of the red ones?
My wife brought home a GE 250 watt clear one but it says only 20 to 30 minutes exposure and no closer than 18 inches.
Dont want have roasted German shepherd puppies.
My experience is that it is mostly determind by the size of the whelping pen. Currently my pen is approximately 1 1/2 cubic yards, and I use a 60w lamp set in the corner (clipped on to the top of the pen), and a heating pad set on super low in the corner furthest from the lamp. Of course the heating pad is covered by several "dedicated" doggy blankets, and changed daily.
I've also tried hot water bottles (covered w/blankets) before, but they scare me. I've seen the dogs get stuck between the bottles and the side of the pen...I don't want to lose a dog that way.
They'll let you know if their to hot...ususally lots of whimpering.
Basically you just want to take the chill off. Also, the pups don't stay with mom for approximately the first two weeks. I keep them in a seperate pen (w/covered heating pad) just outside the whelping pen. The pups usually take to a every 2 1/2 ~ 3 1/2hr feeding cycle for 30min periods...
Hope that helps.