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Can you use a hand warmer to ship chicks in cold weather?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CarolJ, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    I know hand warmers get hot - but if I put one under the bedding material in the shipping box so the chicks would not touch it directly - maybe put an extra layer of the bedding materials - would it work? I need to ship chicks tomorrow - but the weather has turned cold. I could order some of the warmers made for shipping pets - but it would take days to get them - and I need to ship the chicks tomorrow. Anybody know about this?
     
  2. daoustaj

    daoustaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive wondered this too. Maybe if you put it in a sock to before you put it under shavings, so theres a layer over it incase they get tilted in box and it moves the shavings?
     
  3. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    I'm using Excelsior pads in the bottom of the shipping box - and they're stitched together. So if I put a hand warmer under the pad - and then put an extra pad on top of it, I don't think there's any way it could hurt the chicks. I could put it on one side of the box - so they could move away from or toward it - depending on whether they're hot or cold. The only problem is that a hand warmer doesn't stay warm as long as it would need to.
     

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