power outage?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Carolyn227, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Carolyn227

    Carolyn227 Out Of The Brooder

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    My lights keep flickering this morning! I am really worried we'll have a power outage. Chickies are about a week old and they're in the brooder in the house with a warming light on them. I keep my house pretty cold because I don't like it warm in here at all. Usually around 65. If the power goes out (and it might because it's really windy) what should I do to protect my chicks? It would probably go out only for a couple hours. Hopefully!
     
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    Have the same problem as I type. What we have done is placed a hot water bottle in the brooder. They will huddle near it. That should work in the short run. If they outage is longer than a day, I'm not sure what I would do. Rent a generator I suppose.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

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    Put a bottle of hot water in there.
    With a broody they only go to her to warm up and then run around in the cool a while.
     
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    wow, we were typing at the same time

    heat water on the stove.

    no stove? make a campfire and heat water.

    Depending on how many chicks, if you just put them in a closed box with air holes and they can keep each other warm.
     
  5. Carolyn227

    Carolyn227 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd make a camp fire but it's raining and I doubt I could get one started. I'd heat the water on the stove except that I don't want to heat it too early just to have it cool down and I can't heat it after the power goes out (electric stove). My mom offered to let me take them over there (she has a gas stove and heater) but I don't think it's worth the half hour drive each way to do that if power only goes out for an hour or two. Can I put a blanket over the top of the brooder or something? Thankfully the lights have stopped flickering for now... hopefully this is a good sign that we won't lose power?
     
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    You can also heat water on a gas barbeque pit, then fill the jar or hot water bottle. Or use a camp stove.
     
  7. Carolyn227

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    I didn't even think about that! Good idea. We do have a gas grill which hopefully would work to heat some water if necessary.

    I have to take my son to a doctor's appointment in an hour or so. I have no idea if the power will go out or not. It's still windy and rainy but I haven't seen any flickering lights in the last 20 minutes or so. Should I preemptively unplug the heat source and do the water bottle thing while I'm gone, or should I not worry about them for the hour or two we'll be away?
     

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