Urgent - power went out / chicks under heat lamp

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PlentywoodFarm, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. PlentywoodFarm

    PlentywoodFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys, typing from my cell. My chicks range from 4 days old to two weeks and have been under the brooders. Well, our power just went out! What do I do? They are chirping really house and its cold in our house.
     
  2. amnich

    amnich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure if you have any, but when shipping chicks many hatcheries use hand warmers like you would put in gloves. If you have any way to heat (such as a non-electric stove or a grill) you could warm up some towels and put them in the brooder. If they are all snuggling together for warmth, which I am guessing they are, you could just place a towel or blanket over them to trap some of the heat. Just make sure you don't tuck them in too much so that they can't get out from underneath.
     
  3. TexChik

    TexChik New Egg

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    Have a fire place? Could you build a fire and put them close to it? Probably won't be as warm as the brooder but will keep the chill off.
     
  4. myohmiya

    myohmiya Out Of The Brooder

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    Can you buy those hand warmers from a near by store, activate and cover with something like a cardboard box for them to sit on? Fireplace to put them near?
     
  5. TexChik

    TexChik New Egg

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    Or if you have uncooked pinto beans and can find a way to heat them up, grill or fireplace, they will stay warm in a sock for a long time. I use this method when my kids get ear aches. But I'm able to heat them in the microwave.
     
  6. PlentywoodFarm

    PlentywoodFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, hot hands! We've got some warming up now and I've got the brooded near a gas stove. Poor babies!
     
  7. PlentywoodFarm

    PlentywoodFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Whew... power is back on! Thanks everyone!! [​IMG] The temp fell to 70 degrees before I got the hot hands out, but they worked great. I covered them with a paper towel just to be sure it didn't burn their skin. It's still storming really bad, so I left them piled in a corner under some paper towels in case the power goes out in the middle of the night and we don't wake up. I figure they can run to the other end if it gets too hot for them.
     

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