Transporting Chics in Car - Tips and Tricks Needed

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MTopPA_18707, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. MTopPA_18707

    MTopPA_18707 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'll be transporting 10 chics for 2 hours and 20 minutes.

    I'll keep the temp @ roughly 95F and will provide food and water.

    Obviously, I'll drive as gently as I can . . . but I'd like suggestions and tips on how to best transport these chics.

    Should I move them as just hatched chics - or see if I can pick them up after a week so they'd make the trip better ?

    How much should I worry about this issue ?

    I assume my transport will be much nicer than the US Post Office.

    Advise needed . . . thanks,

    Xriva
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    I would pick them up as soon as I could, because I hate to wait.

    Make sure they are warm enough! If your car heater won't keep it hot in the car, throw a towel around a heating pad (use cigarette lighter adapter) or throw a towel around a hot pack. Take care that no slippery surfaces are exposed - you don't want them injuring themselves.

    Use a cardboard box with some pine bedding. I wouldn't put water in, you could put softened food and or soft fruit in with them. They can have water when they get home.
     
  3. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    get hot hands from Wally world and give them enough space to get away from it.. open topped box so they are ventilated... make sure there is a water dish available and a stuffed pet... I have traveled lots of chicks.
     
  4. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would sure hope your transport is nicer than the post office.

    Recently I transported five 4-week-old chicks in a dog crate for about a two-hour trip. Because they were pretty well feathered I wasn't worried about them being cold, but I was concerned about them being jostled about (which probably wouldn't hurt them.) What I did was line the crate floor with a towel and then formed a "nest" with another towel, so they were all snuggled into one spot. Also, I draped a towel over the front of the crate to reduce drafts.laid

    If you are concerned about cold, you can get a packet of "Hot Hands" to put in with them. If I were to do that I would put it inside a thin sock or pin it into a handkerchief, so none of the babies would come in direct contact.

    Other "warm" things you can do -- heat a brick in the oven and wrap it in a towel. Run the towels in the dryer. Heat gravel in an oven safe container, like Pyrex and wrap it in a towel.

    Using an internal source of heat would mean you could keep the car temperature more comfortable for you.

    I'm not sure which would be better -- day-olds or week-olds... that is beyond my knowledge. But the hatcheries don't seem to mind shipping day-olds. Can't imagine that they wouldn't be all right.

    Good luck,
    Jenny
     
  5. MTopPA_18707

    MTopPA_18707 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the tips . . . I do like the car on the cold side . . . but will keep is hot for the chics . . . I'll just strip down to my underwear !

    Imagine giving that explanation to a policeman ! "Well officer . . . I'm nude because I had to keep that car hot for the chics."
     

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