Taking baby chicks to swap... how long can they be off heat??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Fancie, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Fancie

    Fancie Songster

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    I will be trying to get rid of a few chicks at a swap... can they go a day off of heat... what are good ways to keep them warm if they can't... will the heated hand pads work??

    They are silkies and the youngest may be a week old.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    Yes, something like heated hand pads will do fine. A full 95 degrees may not be necessary -- shipped chicks have to do without heat, after all -- but you don't want them to get chilled, either.
     
  3. hypnochyck

    hypnochyck In the Brooder

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    I'm not sure if they are called, "heated hand pads", but there are heat packs you can activate by breaking an inner pack in the bag. I believed they were made to be used for human injuries, like a portable heating pad. When my babies arrived from MyPetChicken, they had a heat pack in there for them. It was still warm when they arrived 24 hours later!
     
  4. charliesgirl

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    we use those "heated hand packs" when we go fishing and hunting, just crack one open and roll it around a bit and just keep it in the palm of my hand in my glove and it keeps me nice and toasty [​IMG]
    you can get them at walmart or runnings or any place that sells sporting goods stuff, and they are cheap!!
     
  5. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    I took some (about 50) three day old chicks to a swap - and I had them in a vented box - I was afraid they would get cold - their own body heat had it so warm that I stuck my hand in there and was sweating - the outside temp was only about 55 degrees.

    Depending on how many chicks you have they will keep each other warm, to a point - but if you sell a lot and have to have only a few left, then yeah, I'd go with the hand heating packets (but save them until you find out if you need them, or the babies might overheat.)

    meri
     

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