HELP! Unexpected chicks given as a gift just before a vacation!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Stecha15, May 26, 2016.

  1. Stecha15

    Stecha15 New Egg

    May 26, 2016
    Just got some day old chicks for an early birthday gift just before our memorial day vacation. I do not have much of a brooder setup for chicks just use a large rubbermaid container with a small heat lamp. What do I do for the 4 days? I have no one to watch them - must I cancel the trip?

    They are 3 days old tomorrow the day i am supposed to leave. Im not sure I feel comfortable letting a heat lamp on while im gone without supervision. The weather is looking like highs in the upper 80's and lows into the 60's. There are 8 - 4 leghorns and 4 RIR's. They are currently in a spare bedroom.

    I do have an outdoor coop with 8 ameraucana's and 4 silkies. The ameraucanas are about 7 weeks old, silkies maybe 3-4. These guys will be fine in the coop with plenty of water and food. Lots of space too its a 8x6 and about 7' tall with two 3'x2' windows in the front and a 6 foot x 8" vent in the back. the ameracaunas actually took in the silkies and keep them warm, but I dont think i can do that with the young ins yet, not for at least 2 weeks. Any advice???
  2. danielkbrantley

    danielkbrantley Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    Too bad none of your hens are broody. You could do what I did a couple nights ago for the first time - slip day-old chicks under the broody and let her raise them.

    I honestly don't know what to do. They've got to stay warm, but you can't afford for your house to burn down. I would call another friend or two and try to get their help. You can transport the chicks and the brooder to someone else's house.
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Your chicks are too young to be left unattended for that long, there are too many things that can go badly wrong. The older birds are unlikely to take them in, and may in fact injure them.
    Last edited: May 26, 2016
  4. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wouldn't leave them all alone for that long... don't you have some neighborhood kids/teens who could watch them and earn a few bucks? [​IMG]
  5. harley587

    harley587 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2015
    New Jersey
    Do you have a local farm vet who could assist you in finding care while you're away? or possibly someone at your local feed store can check in on them several times a day?
  6. Stecha15

    Stecha15 New Egg

    May 26, 2016
    I think after all of this reading, the best i can do is to take them with me. Once I get where im going i can setup my brooder again.
  7. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    Do you have a heating pad that doesn't turn itself off after two hours? If not, you can pick one up at Walmart or Walgreens. Recommended would be the Sunbeam Insta-heat. Take a look at this thread.....because of using a heating pad and a nipple waterer, I can leave my chicks unattended. In fact, I brood them outside in a pen in the run so obviously I'm not out there 24/7 either. Tuck them under Mama Heating Pad, put in a nipple waterer so that you don't have to worry about dirty or spilled water, chicks drowning, or them running out of water and a feeder generously filled, and you can do it. It's not ideal, but it is effective.
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    I would totally take chicks with me on a vacation if I had to :) , just give them a well-wrapped hot water bottle while traveling
  9. Greg88

    Greg88 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2015
    N.W. Arkansas
    perhaps let the people who gave them to you babysit?
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  10. Rooless

    Rooless Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2015
    How do you keep out snakes? We put our chicks outside in the coop pen and we caught a snake eating one and he had two in his grip for when he was done with it. Thankfully we were able to save the two but not the one he had in his mouth. It would definitely have to be a very tight brooder.

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