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#87793 - 07/09/05 11:00 AM baby chicks and hurricane
Hen Pect Offline

Registered: 05/21/05
Posts: 16
Loc: Mississippi
does anybody have any ideas how to keep 1 week old chicks warm in the brooder with out electricity? i will probably lose power when this hurricane comes on shore. the average temp. here is about 90*f during the day and about 80* to 85*f at night. will that be enough heat for a few days untill they get the power back on. there are only 7 chicks in the brooder right now so i dont think there will be enough body heat to help raise the temp inside the brooder. thanks

#87794 - 07/09/05 11:19 AM Re: baby chicks and hurricane
Tucson Chickens Offline
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Registered: 09/07/04
Posts: 320
Loc: Arizona
Lots of blankets around the sides and on top, block the drafts with a little crack for air exchange. Try to leave the brooder outside with those temps as much as possible, until the hurricane hits full force of course. With those outside day temps, they should be okay. Chicks need 90 degrees the first couple of days and then you can actually begin dropping the temp in incriments of five degrees. Do a quick test inside today while you still have electricity. Drop the temp to 85 and then 80 and see if they huddle together under the light source - meaning they are cold. If they seem okay at 85 then use that temp as your guide line. Keep the brooder sealed and covered with blankets during the storm when the temps drop. Good luck.

#87795 - 07/09/05 11:29 AM Re: baby chicks and hurricane
Tiffany Offline
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Registered: 08/19/04
Posts: 394
Loc: Texas
Do you have time to go to a sporting good store, if so get some of those hand warmer packs. When you press the packs it heats up. Wrong time of year to find them, but sporting good stores should have year around. Wal-Mart may have them too, only in the sporting goods section.

#87796 - 07/09/05 01:33 PM Re: baby chicks and hurricane
Mr. Magoo Offline
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Registered: 11/20/04
Posts: 397
Loc: Southern Pacific
there are also many 12volt (car battery) heaters and also transformers that will convert the 12v into 110v (common outlet). where you could plug in a heating pad, or a small light bulb.

that is kind of a stretch though, cause for just a few days if your temp stays that warm the blankets ought to do the job. you could also use a small kerosine or propane heater.

how cold does it get there in the winter? do they sell handwarmers and battery powered socks at your local sporting goods stores?

#87797 - 07/10/05 07:26 PM Re: baby chicks and hurricane
Sally Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 08/15/03
Posts: 686
Loc: Florida
One of my friends hatched chicks and then brooded them with nothing other than household candles!!
The ones they used were the small recessed ones that come in bags for real cheap. It is really amazing and it worked real well!!!
from one fellow florida hurricane survivor to another,,,,gi=ood luck!!!

#87798 - 07/10/05 08:20 PM Re: baby chicks and hurricane
CJR Offline
Coop Master

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8499
Loc: Montana
Praying for all of you in the path of this storm--CJR

#87799 - 07/11/05 03:19 AM Re: baby chicks and hurricane
Jocelyn Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/26/02
Posts: 1467
Loc: Canada
Can you stockpile water and do you have a coleman stove or gas barbecue? Heat the water on the stove and put a couple of mason jars full of hot water in with them...use a small towel wrapped around each jar, so they don't burn the chicks. We have gotten through 3 day outages that way, sometimes with eggs in the incubators...jars in the incubators too.
All the best.


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