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,

  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    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!

    Sep 28, 2008
    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

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    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,
  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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