How to heat my house while I'm at work??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FDaniels, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. FDaniels

    FDaniels Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2013
    Oneonta, AL
    I'm not sure where to post this question on here or if there is a spot for a question like this. We are fixing to get baby chickens and the only place we can keep them right now is in our house--a spare room. The only problem is that we don't know how to keep them warm while we're at work/gone for about 10 hours a day. I read something about sawdust stoves being safe to heat a house while unattended? Anyone know about these? Or how can we heat our house safely while no one is there? What can we buy? We can't afford central heat & air. We've got cats & 2 dogs in the house as well. **they won't be able to get to where the baby chicks are**

    Please any & all advice welcomed!!
  2. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    How old are these chicks going to be? If day olds it would probably be cheaper to research brooders than trying to heat a whole room to those sort of temps.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    You need to go to the learning center up at the top of the page. Read the info about raising baby chicks, and please don't order them yet. You have lots and lots of research to do first, please do that before you order the chicks.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Especially look at brooders. You contain them and provide heat. Don’t start a fire though. Give them enough room to get away from the heat if it gets too hot for them. As long as you have one place warm enough and they have room to get away, they will find their comfort zone.

    My brooder is in my coop outside. It doesn’t have to be in your house. It just has to have predator protection, protection from the weather, and a way to safely provide a warm area.

    There is no one way that is right for all of us and every other way is wrong. There are a lot of different ways that work for us, depending on our conditions and experience. Plenty of people in your situation have successfully raised chickens, but it does require some homework. Good luck!

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