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Too Neurotic? Keeping chicks warm on the ride home from farm store.

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I was wondering if I need to be concerned about how to keep our 2 day old(?) chicks warm on the ride home from the farm store to their new nursery in our coop. It is about a 40 minute ride.

 

I actually thought of putting them in our Trader Joe's insulated bag and figuring out something to warm up and put inside. ( like a warm towel or something) 

 

Is this too much over thinking and bordering on neurotic?

post #2 of 8

Put the box on the passenger floor and run the heat to the floor.

post #3 of 8
When I went to pick up my chicks from the post office, I put a box in a box then put a couple of soda bottles filled with hot water between the two boxes for warmth. Of course, the vehicle was warm and the PO was less than 10 minutes away, but still...
post #4 of 8

I also tended to over think it, and had a heating pad with a cig. lighter converter in the car.  But, I've found that if I run the heat full blast, the car is usually warm enough that I am plenty warm with a short sleeve shirt, so the chicks should be fine.  You COULD always do the heating pad if the car heater isn't that great.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #5 of 8

They'll be fine. Keep the car comfortably warm for yourself and let them snuggle together. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #6 of 8

How many chicks are you getting? 

they should keep warm when they bundle together. Look at my avatar, I picked up 20 chicks at the post office and brought them home (20 minutes ride) I was transferring them one by one into the brooder giving them a sip of water when my husband noticed how they were piled up in the traveling box (there were 10 left in the box at the time of the picture). If you are only getting very few chicks, then you need to keep them warm somehow, the heating pad is a good idea.

loving my flock with their personalities, getting to know them and enjoy everyday I spend with them
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loving my flock with their personalities, getting to know them and enjoy everyday I spend with them
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post #7 of 8
We filled a water bottle with warm water. Worked well.
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We drove for 2 hours home from Billings with some of ours last year.  I had a few of the little Hand Warmer deals that you shake up and either put inside your pocket or inside your gloves.  Had them left over from hunting season.  So I tossed them in my pocket, and when we bought the chicks I just shook 'em, put them in the bottom of the little box, and asked the feed store person to put a pretty good amount of shavings over top.  Worked beautifully without having to have the car unbearably hot.

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