What to do in a power outage with newborns?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by littleandlewis, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. littleandlewis

    littleandlewis In the Brooder

    May 30, 2011
    So our 3 day old chicks continue to thrive. All is well.

    We live in an area ( Pacific NW) that is prone to power outages.
    Question: The windy weather and flickering lights today got me thinking.....What is a good contingency plan for power outages at this crucial stage when temperatures need to be around 90 degrees +.
    The best ( I think) we can do is put them in a box near a propane fireplace? Is there something else?

    Thanks for any suggestions.
  2. ChickityChina

    ChickityChina Chirping

    Feb 18, 2016
    Carroll County, Maryland
    We don't get many power outages in this area (surprisingly), but when I got my chicks we were expecting a storm and some snow so I also wanted a contingency plan. If you have a gas stove (which we do not) you could always heat some water and fill a hot water bottle up (not too hot) and place it in with the chicks. Since that isn't an option for me, I picked up one of those hand warmer things you get at the store. The kind you bend and crackle and it warms up. It does get pretty hot though, so I figured if I needed to use it I would wrap it on a towel before placing it in the brooder. I never ended up needing it since the power held steady, but it was a peace of mind to have it on hand. Hope this helps.
  3. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    It's happened to me lots of times, losing power when I had very young baby chicks.

    When I was brooding in the house, I just filled a couple of bottles with hot water and placed them in the brooder. Don't overdo it, though! One or two quart bottles or on half gallon plastic milk jug will be plenty.

    When I was brooding outside under a heating pad and lost power, I filled a hot water bottle and placed it on top of the heating pad frame until the power came back on.

    The chicks never knew the power was out and they stayed cozy and warm.

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