Question about the trip back home from the chick store

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rikkitikki58, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. rikkitikki58

    rikkitikki58 In the Brooder

    Jan 15, 2008
    West Tennessee
    I live an hour from where Im gonna get my chicks. How do I keep them warm on the trip back home? Also, will the feed store supply me with some kind of container to put them in or do I bring my own?. It is supposed to be in the 70's the day Im going so it wont be cold outside. Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks.
  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    usually the feed store will have a cardboard box. keep the heater on in your car if it feels too cold in there for them. take a little blankie or something maybe. Depending on how many you get, maybe you could put box on front floorboard and have heater on. Good luck!
  3. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    What feed store? TSC does have boxes to put them in.

    Chicks should be just fine in a box on the way home for a hour or so. Heck, they go in the mail for hours and days just fine. I think they should be perfectly okay for you. [​IMG] If you have worries, buy a hand warmer to put in the box (but putting something over top of it and between the chicks so they don't touch it directly).
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    The feedstore will or should have a chickbox they put them in to travel home...They will be fine in the car's warmth....When you get them home to the brooder box with heatlamp just show them where the feeder and water are...Have fun with your new chicks!!...
  5. rikkitikki58

    rikkitikki58 In the Brooder

    Jan 15, 2008
    West Tennessee
    The feed store is a locally owned store, not a Tractor Supply.
  6. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    You should prepare for the worst and hope for the best. The feed store I picked up chicks at put my chicks in a paper sac and tore little holes at the corners on top, then stapled it. I felt like I was taking home some takeout. [​IMG]

    I would bring a little cardboard box and put some paper towels in the bottom.

    Also, you if you can set the vent in the car to your feet, and turn the knob/dial to vent the heat from the engine, and put the chicks on the floorboard they should be fine. [​IMG]
  7. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    I had the same question about our local feed store so I just called them to make sure. We happen to have heated seats in our car so I plan to buckle the box into the passenger side front seat and turn on the seat's heater for some additional heat.
  8. I plan on taking a hot water bottle with me wrapped in towels to keep it could also put the small box or bag in a larger one lined with towels you had in the dryer before leaving.

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