How to Keep Chicks Warm Without Power??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by hiddenflock, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. hiddenflock

    hiddenflock Chillin' With My Peeps

    We're getting our house renovated, and tomorrow the workers are going to turn off our house's power! We have four day old quail in the house, in an old fish tank in a brooder...how can we keep our babies warm?
    Thanks!
     
  2. UrbanFarming

    UrbanFarming Out Of The Brooder

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    You could try those hand warmers that you shake up. I think they last about 6-8 hrs. Maybe wrap them in a towel to keep your babies from pecking at them? Not sure how cold it is in TX right now but that's my best suggestion. That or take them to a friends house for the day. Good luck!
     
  3. hiddenflock

    hiddenflock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the help Urbanfarming! The hand-warmer thing is a pretty good idea :). And just in case you wanted to know, it's in the fifties/sixties in northeast Texas right now.
     
  4. UrbanFarming

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    Great, I hope it works for you! It should be ok if its 50s-60s and not 30s.You could also put the brooder near a sunny window to help with the warmth. :)
     
  5. shandar1969

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    Sunny window, hot water bottle, hot rocks.

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  6. LaurelC

    LaurelC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cuddles!
     
  7. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have rice socks in with my babies right now to keep them warmer and to let them snuggle. I brought them in from my outside brooder where I have other chicks since they are younger and it will get REALLY cold tonight and I was worried about them. They are just over a day old so I put them back in the incubator for the night. They were VERY loud because they missed the older chicks but quieted down as soon as I put the sock in.

    In case you've never done a rice sock (the poor man's heating pad) get two large socks, fill one about a forth of the way up with rice. Put the first sock inside of the second to help ensure that no rice can be gotten out (heel to toe, toe to heel with the leg portion folded down) and microwave for two minutes. The rice can the heat for quite a while. When it starts getting cool, maybe you can ask to heat it back up at a neighbor's house.

    Another way would be to have stones in a fire and move the stones in and out of their brooder, replacing the cool ones and letting the quail warm up with them as they need to.
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2014
  8. birdlady79

    birdlady79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We lost power recently from a ice storm.... I used a hot water bottle and hot hands.... Plus covered most of the brooder with blankets... They survived fine. ...
     
  9. UrbanFarming

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    @hiddenflock How did it go?
     
  10. hiddenflock

    hiddenflock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry I took so long everybody!!! We were actually able to get a generator in for the heat lamp when the power was out, so everybody's good. :) thanks for all the help!
     

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