What can I do, if anything, should the power go out during snow storm

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Crickett B, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Crickett B

    Crickett B Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2010
    Blue Ridge Mountains
    I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. With the impending snow/sleet/ice storm due to hit us tonight, I am worried about losing power for several days. Not worried for me, but for the 15 baby bantam chick and the 6 EE bigger babies that I have in the house. The bantam babies are about 3 weeks old, and the EE's about 6 weeks.
    Is there anything that I might be able to do to keep them warm, should I lose power?
  2. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2010
    Boise, ID
    Hot water bottles underneath the bedding perhaps.......just my first thought.
  3. BlakesFarm

    BlakesFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2011
    Upstate SC
    I have herd that some people will stuff some chicks in there clothes, or stuffing them in your clothes wile sitting in a warm car.
  4. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Do you have a fireplace or wood burning stove? You could put them in a box several feet from either to help keep them warm, make sure you have a thermometer in there so you can regulate the temps.

    You can make "bed buddies" take an old tube sock, fill about 2/3 of the way full of rice, then you can microwave them about 2 minutes, (or put them next to the stove) mush up the rice/ sock with your hand a bit to get it all even and then you can lay those in the brooder with them. They should stay warm a couple of hours. You can do this with liquid, like water bottles, but they cool off much faster.

    You can buy 72 hour warmers, they are like those little white squares you shake up and put in your gloves, but they are bigger and stay warmer longer.

    If they are 3 and 6 weeks I would think they would be fine inside the house as long as they have all their feathers.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011
  5. bigdawg

    bigdawg AA Poultry

    Jun 28, 2009
    middle tenn
    back up generator. mine is full of gas and ready
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011
  6. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Hudson, MA
    Take a pint sized h2o bottle & fill w/ hot h2o & slip a sock over it so they can cuddle up w/ it. Hope you survive the storm ok & don't lose power! We'll be getting the same storm Wed in the form of SNOW!
  7. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Blueberry I've done that and it works great.
  8. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    You can also use handwarmers to keep them warm. If you keep them in a small, draft free brooder box, they will have enough body heat to keep themselve alive until electricity comes back on. They will most likely be just fine since the are over that 2 week old mark.
  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    We are all electric and I have chicks too (outside, with a lamp) however, if the power should go out we have a back up kerosene heater and I'll be moving the chicks back inside near it.
  10. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2010
    PDX area
    Quote:Same here! [​IMG]

    I have gone as far as putting chicks in my shirt before. If they are fully feathered, you shouldn't have much to worry about.

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