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What if power goes out....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by horseshowmomnv, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. horseshowmomnv

    horseshowmomnv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What does everyone do if the power goes out and you have young chicks that need the heat lamp?
     
  2. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heat up water bottles and put them into their brooder. Cover the brooder to keep heat in. The chicks will huddle together. Continue to heat up water.
     
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  3. horseshowmomnv

    horseshowmomnv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, did not think about heat lamps for the babies til the lights flickered this a.m. from the storm. YIKES!
     
  4. wilbilt

    wilbilt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking the same thing early this morning as the wind was tearing through the valley here. No chicks in the brooder yet, but I had the heat running overnight to see how well it would hold the temp.

    Thankfully, I have a generator ready to go as well as a battery/inverter that would likely power the heat lamp for several hours at least, although I will need to test it to be sure.
     
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  5. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What if you have a well and need electricity to run water? Last year the power went out and I almost lost a chick she was upside down in the water container once I found her I thought she was dead but wasn't so I grabbed all the chicks and huddled them on me with a blanket. To keep them warm.
     
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I lose power all the time during winters (did just a couple days ago) usually for at least an hour, two hours, sometimes over 10 hours and honestly? I just keep them in a warm area. We have a woodstoves, so if possible I keep their brooder (simple cardboard box) nearby for warmth. If not that, then I cover the brooder with blankets, towels, whatever. The chick's body heat should build up in there. Haven't lost a chick yet to any of our power outages, except two one cold winter that were outside. Had a heatlamp in the coop, power went out in the middle of the night, it was 20 degrees out, and two died from suffocation/trampling.

    Inside the house though, the only thing I worry about is my incubator(s).
     

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