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Old 12-19-2018, 11:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hiya, I'm due to pick up my new hedgie on the 29th and I'm just trying to make sure my setup is right! At the moment I've got two ches in a usually very very cold flat, and it seems to be putting the temp at 70 pretty evenly, but I need to find that next few degrees. I was thinking either covering the sides of the cage to keep the heat in or raising the floor of the cage to get it closer to the bulbs might be the way to go but I'm not sure. Any advice would be amazing, getting a little anxious that it's so close and her home isn't quite there yet!
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What wattage of bulbs are you using? What size of dome? Is it an open wire or solid dome? What's the temperature in the room? What's the size of the cage?
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So it's 2 x 100w bulbs, the cage is 120cm by 60cm (about 48 by 24 inches), temp in the room right now is usually down at 65 or below before I get the heating on

These are the bulbs https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07J33CYNL
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You would get better results with enclosed domes, 10 inches across would be best. Fixtures like you're using don't direct the heat down into the cage very efficiently. You may also have to look into a space heater to up the temperature in the room. CHE's are only capable of heating the cage by a few degrees. A cage in a room that's only 65* is going to be hard to get up to 75* with only CHE's. Is your cage a wire sided cage? If so then you can try closing in three sides and see how that helps but it may not be enough.
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