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Old 01-19-2015, 11:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2x3 C&C and 150 Watt CHE not staying warm?

I have a almost 6 week old baby hedgie named Sprinkle. I built her a 2x3 C&C cage with a fleece bottom. I have a 150 Watt CHE keeping her warm because I keep our home around 68 degrees. I also have a towel covering half the cage that the CHE isn't on to keep the heat in but I still came out last night to check on her and the temp read 69! I ordered the bulb from Amazon and it has a small chip in it, as well as a purple looking spot so I'm thinking it may be used and not working correctly. Has anyone else ever had a problem like this? I don't see how it's getting that low with the probe is only a foot or so away from the CHE and my house is only a degree cooler then it's reading. Do you think it's working properly? I'm going to exchange it regardless but I'm wondering if I should order another lamp or if this one just isn't working correctly. Thanks!
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A 2x3 definitely needs two lamp. I have four 2x3's and I use two lamps for two of them and a space heater for the other two. Two of my hedgehogs are temp sensitive while two of mine prefer it on the cooler side. I would definitely get a another lamp and a 100 watt bulb should be fine. You can even downgrade the lamp size to a 8.5 inches, which is what I do.
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