Propane Heaters with baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Louisianahomegrown, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Louisianahomegrown

    Louisianahomegrown Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2011
    Last week we lost electricity for 13 hours and I had eggs in two incubators. They got down to 70 after 4 hours and my husband put on the generator. Well, it looks like we are going to have a bad storm tomorrow night and now I have around 50 to 60 quail chicks from 4 to 1 day old. They are in the brooder out in my shed with heat on them and I can't bring them in the house where the generator will be operating if necessary. Can I use a propane heater out there to keep them warm? It is suppose to get down to 29 degrees tomorrow night.
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    It depends on the heater type...if you are using a heater that is made for indoor home use and is really clean burning, than I would say yes it would be ok to use here. But if it is a cruder type made for places like "shop" type heating, then I wouldn't risk it. If the area the chicks are in is really air tight with not a lot of air movement, there could be gases accumulating that could harm the chicks if this heater is not clean burning.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2012

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