Chick question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Karen27, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. Karen27

    Karen27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    Just a qucik question .I have some baby chicks ,I have to go pick up my son in Iowa I would be gone overnight probably 36 hrs give or take . Just wondering if anyone has any good advice on how to set everything up for that time period .And if anyone has done that with no problems . I am not worried about my big girls just the babies .

    Thanks,
    Karen
     
  2. teria

    teria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have hanging feeder and waterer they should be okay. The biggest problem would be them fouling their food and water with feces and bedding. If the feeder and waterer are suspended then they shouldn't really have that issue.
     
  3. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    The thing I would worry most about would be the heat lamp if that's what your using. They get so hot and are notorious for coop and home fire. if at all possible I would use a alternative heating device like the Brinsea ecoglow because it's radiant heat and can't start a fire. Right now Wayfair has the 20 chick model 10% off. The cheapest I've EVER seen for these brooders! I grabbed one for myself! I've always wanted one but the prices were so high. check it out and see what you think :)
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Since chicks are generally fragile and unpredictable, it's best to have someone peek in on them at least once a day.

    Even better, bundle up the chicks and their gear and drop them off with someone who is willing to be a chick sitter for those 36 hours.

    While many folks get away with leaving their chicks alone for eight or nine hours while at school or work, I do not recommend you try to leave them completely alone for that long.
     
  5. Karen27

    Karen27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a good idea with the hanging feeders/waterers Thanks
     
  6. Karen27

    Karen27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldnt leave a heat lamp I have one of those radiant heaters that hang I was using for the outside coop I could use that or I was thinking using the heating pad method . I was just wondering if anyone had left them for that long and had problems but I am getting some good ideas ..Thanks
     
  7. Karen27

    Karen27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking about asking my neighbor to peek in but I was just worried about all the other time . Well like I said good advice and I will try to put a plan together ,
     

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