Power outage and chicks

marlingardenerMarch 10, 2008

We just experienced a four hour power outage. We don't have our chicks yet(they arrive in ten days)but I am a worrywort and hoped someone could help me prepare for the possibility we will have another lengthy power outage while our chicks are under light to keep them warm. Other than putting them inside my jacket, what could I do to maintain a comfortable heat for chicks in a brooder if we don't have electricity? I'll do what it takes, I just don't know what it takes!

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runningtrails

Well, this may be a bit extreme, but if losing power in the winter is a common problem, prehaps you could install a wood stove?

We love our's! I'm even considering installing another one in the shop/barn for winter heat.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2008 at 2:15PM
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marlingardener

We have a woodstove in the living room, but we also have a cat! Perhaps one of those small, self-contained wood stoves would be an option for the barn where the coop is. Thanks for the idea, we'll look into it.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2008 at 2:34PM
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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

I think it was Sheila that managed quite well during a power outage using two empty gallon milk jugs. She washed them out and filled them with hot water, wrapping a thin towel around the base of each to prevent burns and help retain the heat. She also draped a towel over the jugs like a tent, placing a jug at each end, to further hold in heat. She said it worked great and held heat enough over night to do quite well. I haven't used her technique myself but hopefully she'll pop in. :)

Failing that, a couple of hot water bottles filled up and wrapped in a towel, placed so the chicks could lay on them would probably work, just check the bottles and make sure they stay hot, and don't scald the chicks, their skin is very thin and delicate. :)

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   March 10, 2008 at 7:50PM
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posy_pet(z6Mo.)

We were amazed at how much heat candles put out last spring in our Missouri ice storm.Could you put a candle in something so the chicks wouldn't get burned and so it wouldn't start a fire?Maybe a large cylinder of hardware cloth with a lid?We kept our pump house from freezing with a couple of large candles.It is big-maybe 6 by 6 feet.Hope you don't lose power.Posy_Pet

    Bookmark   March 10, 2008 at 8:42PM
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marlingardener

Thank you, Velvet and Posey Pet. If, God forbid, we have an outage and it is chilly, I'll try the hot water jugs and/or hot water bottles, well swathed. Good idea!

    Bookmark   March 11, 2008 at 7:59AM
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mersiepoo(6)

Heh, that happened to me 2 years ago. I had some guinea eggs in a still air incubator (about 30 eggs). Of COURSE the power had to go out, lucky I was home when it happened. I uh...put the eggs in my clothing and tried to keep them as warm as possible. I had about 8 in my bra and others in my underwear!

And a lot of them did survive, but I did lose about 5 eggs.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2008 at 11:19PM
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marlingardener

Gee, Mersiepoo, I think I'll stick with the hot water bottles . . . . However, if you have photos of your "incubating" we would love to have them posted!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 11:54AM
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kristenmarie(Z4-5/New Mexico)

A wood stove and if you have cats you can always cover the top with some kind of mesh- an old screen, a piece of chicken wire you cut to size.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 2:59AM
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