Originally Posted by 3riverschick
ok, need some advice from the list. Got a guy on another BYC thread who has day old chicks he wants to keep in a draft free , unheated coop. Temps ranging from 45 to 25 degrees. He wants to know how to keep them warm. I don't think he has hens to help. Anyone?
There's a (very long) thread called Mama Heating Pad in the brooder, started by a woman in a very cold climate who broods her chicks outside/in an unheated coop very successfully in cold weather by creating a little cave and placing a (non-auto-shut off) heating pad over it - the chicks go under it at night or for a warm up like they would a mama hen. Sort of a DYI version of a panel heater like EcoGlow.
If there's no power or possibility for an extension cord, I suppose he could try a "mama water bottle" - build a little box with supports overhead and swap out hot water bottles over the top. It's described in the old "Keeping poultry and rabbits of scraps" (from 1941) - it's essentially the same idea. You'd just need to be sure the water bottles were changed frequently enough and that they don't leak.
Just some thoughts...
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