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How do you keep chicks warm during transport in winter?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenannie, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just drove my car today with 5 chicks in a box -- they were sitting on a heated towel and I had the heat in my car cranked to it's highest point (it was a sauna for me!). How do others transport them and keep them warm? Especially if you only have a couple chicks and their body heat is not enough. Ideas?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    You can buy heat packs.
     
  3. lavacaw

    lavacaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't tried it yet, but I use a bit horse water tub with rope handles and a clip on light in the house. The plan is to use it in the car and plug the light into an inverter (cigarette lighter type). With wood pellets in the bottom, they should travel fine in either the front or back seat with a seatbelt hooked around to hold it steady. A thermometer in the bottom should let me know if I have it adjusted right. Will use the smallest bulb possible to maintain the temp. May not work but I can't think why not. [​IMG]
     
  4. Ms~Silkie~Girl

    Ms~Silkie~Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some places have heat pads that keep them warm for like 8 hrs. also thats why there is a minimum amount of chicks per order, they need to stay warm.
     
  5. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heated rice bags will stay warm for an hour or so.

    Jenny
     
  6. prairiepearls

    prairiepearls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sister had an electric-blanket type throw for the car the plugged into the cigarette lighter. Just a thought.
     
  7. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are great suggestions. The electric blanket would work great, under a towel or two, for a long ride.
    Thanks!
     
  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    How big is your bra?
     
  9. kywest

    kywest Out Of The Brooder

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    I had the same concern. Might have to drive and hour or so for chicks. Would those camping hand warmers work - the kind you just open the package and they get warm?
     
  10. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can also get something called a Snuggle Safe warmer. It looks like a fat frizbee and you can put it in the microwave to heat it up. It will stay warm for 8 hours. Really handy to have if you need to keep a critter warm.
     

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