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non electric heat?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cleo, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. cleo

    cleo New Egg

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    any suggestions for keeping three chicks warm at night without electricity? (short of sleeping with them [​IMG]
     
  2. GoodEgg

    GoodEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure someone else will post some good ideas. I wouldn't have had any myself except that the power went out the second week for quite a few hours, and we were worried about them.

    I got a gallon jug and filled it with very-warm water and placed that in the brooder. I replaced it after a few hours, and it seemed to work great. We also used a double-bagged pouch of water at the same time, which they seemed to like better and snuggled up closer to, but at the age they are now (almost 3 weeks) they would probably destroy that.

    Can you not use electricity at all? Or just avoiding heat lamp? I asked because we also use a heating pad with ours as well. Oh, and I have seen them dig little holes for themselves in the litter and cover themselves up with it too. Not sure if that was for warmth, but I have seen them do it.

    Just wanted to offer!

    trish
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Well, if they are about 2 weeks old, and there are enough of them, you could make a sort of a floating bunker that they can all go inside of and heat up. Basically make a stucture that is well insulated and about chick back level high and they can crawl into it and stay warm when they want to. This only works to a certain extent though. If you don't have enough chicks or if the outside temp is too low, they will get chilled. I used this method to keep a few chicks in the house during the summer starting at about 1 week old. The ambient temp of the house was at 75 and the chicks huddled under a blanket thing to stay warm, during the day though they popped out and were fine.
     
  4. motherhen

    motherhen Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know if this works but you could keep a small cooler with a whole for them to enter at night and place a small plastic bottle with very warm water in it to provide heat. The 3 should enter the cooler to stay warm and since its small it will retain more heat then a large unit.
    Also, my friend put down a lot of straw almost 10" in winter and her hens dig deep wholes in it too stay warm. You might want to try that with you chicks.
     

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