Lighting for chicks with no electricity - HELP!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Panther Creek Poultry, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Panther Creek Poultry

    Panther Creek Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    Clarksburg, MO
    I am going to a small animal swap this weekend and am hoping to be able to take my chicks to sell. The problem is that there is no electricity.

    I am trying to think of reasonably priced options for running their heat lamp and need suggestions.

    Can you run a light off a car battery........any other suggestions?

    thanks Sheila
  2. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    You don't NEED light you need LONG term heat.

    Hot water bottles in the bottom of a foam cooler should work. I'd bring another cooler stuffed to the gills with HOT WATER jars or bottles - so they hold heat and you can trade out the ones that cool off as you sell the chicks.

    You just need the ability to keep them very warm, dry and draft free.
  3. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My Coop
    I don't know how many chicks you're talking about, but my 12 were shipped from the hatchery with a small disposable hand warmer in the box. You can buy these pretty cheap from a sporting good store. Maybe a "box in a box" with the hand warmer in the smaller, inside box to better retain the heat. You could replace the hand warmers as needed.
  4. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2009
    someone mentioned the disposable hand warmers in a post about power outages. i thought that was one of the best examples of someone thinking out of the box. you can get six to eight hours of heat from them and they're not expensive.
  5. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    The friend I often get chicks from uses heat wraps (the kind for sore muscles) They have the adhesive back that she'll attach to the walls or floor of the box. They stay warm for a long time and the chicks love them. All of mine have come home healthy and happy!

  6. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    If you are planning on doing thes often, you may want to look at one of the radient propane heaters that people use for camping, or possibly a power inverter and car battery to provide heat for the chicks
  7. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    you may also want to look in the rv section of your local sporting goods store for 12 volt incandescent bulbs that cabn be run from your car's cigarette lighter
  8. Panther Creek Poultry

    Panther Creek Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    Clarksburg, MO
    Thank you so much for all the suggestions. I had thought about the hand warmers and assumed that you would be able to find them since it was outside of deer season, but had not thought about a sporting goods store. Will check that out. Also i have personally used the muscle relaxer warmers after back surgery. Another good idea.

    I have a small heater that runs on the propane bottle used in a coleman camp stove. My question is can I put that in the box with them. Will the fumes kill them (of course i will have it ventilated) but did not know if we as average people could withstand more than chickes and would just a small amount kill them?

    Please keep the suggestions coming and thank you to all that have posted.

  9. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    Wal-mart has really cheap disposable hand warmers all year back in the sporting goods dept.
    I would say that if you use a propane heater I would just point it towards their box and not actually put it in with them. Those things burn a lot of oxygen and it might not be good in close quarters for the chicks???
  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Quote:Miners take canaries with them into the mines as the canaries will die from the bad air before the miners notice anything wrong. When I was in the army, a standard procedure when someone was working around nerve gas was to keep a canary with them. The canary would die before a person.

    I would not put the heater in the box with them. I would not run the propane heater in any enclosed space, such as a car. Carbon monoxide poisioning.

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