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Heat lamp broke...worried chicken parent.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SirTerris, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. SirTerris

    SirTerris In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2015
    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....

  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Crowing

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    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.
  3. SirTerris

    SirTerris In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2015
    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
  4. Naser

    Naser Songster

    Oct 29, 2014
    Buy electric hen, they are very reliable and won't let you down
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    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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