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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Greenthumb83, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Greenthumb83

    Greenthumb83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The wind knocked the power out and we have no heat source as of 1 hour ago, but I've put my 10 chicks (8 days old) in a smaller box to contain warmth. I also heated water on the stove and filled a 64oz bottle and put in there. They are huddled around it and are mostly quiet, but I am still worried sick. Will they be ok? Is there anything else I can do?:(
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    You've done well thus far -- the fact that they are quiet is a good thing, distressed (ie cold) chicks cheep loudly. Is your stove gas so that you will be able to heat more water if the power is not restored for a while?
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I think you have done the right thing - just warm the water every 2-3 hours. If they are quiet then it suggests they are ok

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  4. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I would have done. Just keep switching out the hot water.

    Alternatively, if you can get to a store, those chemical hand warmers stay warm for 8-12 hours. I have an emergency stash in my van that I can raid if necessary.
     
  5. Greenthumb83

    Greenthumb83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your responses. Still good so far. My stove is gas, but has electric ignite. I tried to light the pilot, but it must not allow the gas to come on with power out, because it never kicked on. I ran the burners for a little while. I will just keep playing it by ear I guess. :/ If it lasts much longer, I will get some hand warmers also. I used our last one when I picked the chicks up lol.
     
  6. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a gas grill? You could heat water there.
     
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  7. WyoJax

    WyoJax Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a Coccidiosis chick that I had to separate out yesterday to see if my other girls were indeed infected as well. We use a rice pack as a heating pad and it holds warmth max one hour. It would be a pain to wake up every hour to warm it by I know for a fact it works. You could throw one together in minutes as long as you have rice, fabric and a needle and thread.
     
  8. knightgang

    knightgang Out Of The Brooder

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    Rice packs, forget needle and thread, use some old long tube socks, fill with rice, tie a knot in the end.

    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
     
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    WyoJax Out Of The Brooder

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    Great idea! We are all ankle sock wearers.
     
  10. Greenthumb83

    Greenthumb83 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The power ended up being out for 6 hours. The hot water worked nicely. I only had to reheat twice.:)
     

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