Power out brooder off help please

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bobbieschicks, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    My week olds are indoors in brooded current temp reads 78. They are huddled together. The powers. Even off about an hour. I put a cardboard piece over top. It left room for air flow. Will it be okay. What else can I do. Ugh.
  2. M.sue

    M.sue Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    Try putting bottles filled with warm water in so they can cuddle against. May be a hot water bottle.....you know the old fashion kind. They could actually sit/lay on those. Good luck, hope the power comes on for you soon. We lost ours last night. Had candles everywhere.
  3. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    Okay I'll look for hot water bottles container. Thanks
  4. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Fireplace and move them close to it.
  5. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    Power restore estimate is 5 to 7 pm tonight. Will that be too long at that temp
  6. luvmy33chicks

    luvmy33chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    Long Island
    try a local store that carries hunting/camping supplies
    they sell these things that you crack and shake up and put in your gloves to keep your hands warm
  7. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    athens, wv
    those are called hot hands i think. Maybe open your curtains and put their box in the sunlight that might add a few degrees.
  8. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    Quote:I was going to recommend the same thing. I used those when I picked up my day 1's and had to drive them an hour home...worked great! I believe Walmart has these as well-and would be a lot less expensive. (The ones I bought from the state fair, are reusable-just boil them to bring them back to new again)

    Just located the link for the ones I have for future reference: http://www.greenheatpad.com/green-heat.html
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2011
  9. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    In the extreme case that you cannot keep them warm enough in the house, can you put them in the car with the heater on full blast? Drive around with them? Give them a little sightseeing tour of the countryside?

    Can you wrap the brooder in blankets to keep in as much heat as you can? I would also put them in something small that you can keep the heat in easily and that you can move to the warmest place that you can think of, and they would be closer together so that they can use their body heat better.
  10. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:This may be the best choice. Box/crate them up and take them in your car with heater. You want to be sure there is air exchange inside their crate, but if you are going to be without power another 4 to 5 hours, it is what I would do. Or, fire up a motorhome.camper you might have and turn on the furnace, if you have one. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary methods. They won't die if you can keep them around 80 degrees or better.
    If you have a gas range in the kitchen, not an electric, it will often work without power as well.

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