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Heat lamp broke...worried chicken parent.

post #1 of 5
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So my heat lamp decided to die in the middle of the night, it is now nearly 6am and the petbarn doesn't open until 8:30....it is summer, but slightly cool outside, the babies are in the house where it is less cool, but I am worried.

 

They don't seem to be making distressed sounds or anything, and it is still dark, so they are not super active, but should they be okay til I can get a new globe, or am I going to need to use some makeshift method of heating til then.

 

They are probably a little over a week old, and I have 5 of them....

post #2 of 5

They need something to keep them warm ASAP. Chicks that age need to be kept at about 32*C. A regular 60 watt bulb might be able to do the job if it's low enough or you can use a heating pad propped up to make a sort of cave for them to snuggle in.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Managed to find a heat pack, one of those things filled with wheat, stuck it in there....only the bantam baby seems interested in it right now, the others are all too busy eating :)

 

6:10am now, the petbarn opens at 8:30, hopefully that will suffice til then

post #4 of 5

Buy electric hen, they are very reliable and won't let you down

post #5 of 5

I always have a backup heat lamp, and bulb, for this reason.  If the power goes out, then another plan kicks in.  Mary

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