Transporting baby chicks home?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cambam31101, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. cambam31101

    cambam31101 New Egg

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    My grandparents are driving to my house in a few weeks and are driving right by the hatchery. I am going to ask them to stop by and pick them up for me, but it is still a 2 hour drive to get to my house. What can I do to make the trip more comfortable for both the chicks and my grandparents. Do the have to have a warming pad or something near or under them or are they ok in a shipping box? Thanks so much!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    How many are you getting and what's the temperature where you are at? I would probably put them on the back seat or the floor of the car and cover the box with a towel to keep in the heat if there are enough chicks to huddle.
     
  3. cambam31101

    cambam31101 New Egg

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    It is about 60 to 70 degrees here and I am wanting 5 golden comets. Thanks for the quick response!
     
  4. jstanard

    jstanard Just Hatched

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    Ask that they pack a heat pack in with the chicks so they can snuggle for the trip
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    The car has a heater. Simply have them turn the heater up and leave the car warm. When I travel, the car is warm and I am in short sleeves. You could call the hatchery and ask them what they recommend for a 2 hour ride.
     
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    A hand warmer pack and a small towel to wrap it in. Note, air activated so box must be well-vented and it heats up quite hot so don't use in a tiny box.

    I have some of the animal shipping packs for tropical fish and those are better for slow/controlled release but you're less likely to be able to get one at a local store. And, you really don't need 20-72 hours of heat. But, if the hatchery will give you one? Use it instead.
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2017
  7. ChxLadyCass

    ChxLadyCass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea! I am having my mom bring me chicks that will be a day old home on an hour car ride tomorrow. I am going to use this set up!
     

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