New Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cottagechick, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am about to be the proud mama of a few day olds. (Due date about 09/01) I was thinking about heat sources. Should I take a hot water bottle with me in the car so that i can put it in their box till I get them home? What about heating pads/hot water bottles as heat sources? Since it is 83 degrees here do I need to have a full blown heat lamp? Do I need a thermometer or can I just go by behavior? Should I take some water mixed with the vitamin water or chick saver I keep hearing about and give them a drink in the car or should I wait to open the box till I get home?
     
  2. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Are you getting them in the mail or from a feed store, or?? That might make a big difference. [​IMG]
     
  3. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mail. (I can't get over the fact that they mail chicks usps.) [​IMG]
     
  4. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Mail. (I can't get over the fact that they mail chicks usps.) [​IMG]

    Yes, I would definitely try to water them ASAP. Be sure the water isn't cold. Hot water bottle could be a good idea. Make sure they have room to get away from it if they are too warm. You likely will have to dip their beaks in the water to get them to drink. A hampster water bottle with the tube and ball works well for this. If they huddle together in your brooder they are too cold. If they get very far from the light they are too hot. You can raise and lower your light or use different bulbs. Remember the temp may drop at night. They peep loudly if they are to hot or too cold. I pray all goes well and they arrive safe and sound and you aren't too stressed! [​IMG]
     
  5. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I should have asked how far you live from the PO! If it's just a few minutes away you should probably get them home! [​IMG]
     
  6. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is about 5 minutes away!
     
  7. VAgal

    VAgal Out Of The Brooder

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    We're getting ours the same day or so from the PO which is 20 minutes away, so I have the same questions. I read that you should open the box at the PO so that they can attest to any dead loss, but I'm not sure what to do for the trip home. I guess I could let the car get super warm, but I don't think the kids will like it. I look forward to your responses.
     
  8. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:[​IMG] Yeah, I definitely go for home! [​IMG] I live half an hour from mine! [​IMG]
     
  9. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hmmm..I hadn't thought about... [​IMG] I hope it isn't an issue. They scheduled me to work at 6:15 am. So my Mom is being kind enough to pick them up. She has already told me how depressed she is going to be all day if one is dead.
     
  10. cottagechick

    cottagechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mail. (I can't get over the fact that they mail chicks usps.) [​IMG]

    Yes, I would definitely try to water them ASAP. Be sure the water isn't cold. Hot water bottle could be a good idea. Make sure they have room to get away from it if they are too warm. You likely will have to dip their beaks in the water to get them to drink. A hampster water bottle with the tube and ball works well for this. If they huddle together in your brooder they are too cold. If they get very far from the light they are too hot. You can raise and lower your light or use different bulbs. Remember the temp may drop at night. They peep loudly if they are to hot or too cold. I pray all goes well and they arrive safe and sound and you aren't too stressed! [​IMG]

    Even little chickies need all the prayers they can get! [​IMG]
     

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