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CHICKS>I am getting chicks in a week or so and was wondering about a power
>outage scenario. It is Spring and we shall have T-storms and in this
>rural area it can mean the power goes off - it is also our sole heating
>source. The chicks will be in a laundry area with a red heat bulb. Any
>good ideas to keep them warm if I have problems - there is no window and
>a Kerosene heater is not good. Can you keep them warm for awhile in a box
>(like used for shipping) so they can keep each other warm?
Yes I know the feeling I live at the end of an a rural electricity supply and panic not only about brooding with electricity but incubators as well. One thing that is well worth getting or getting someone to make you is an alarm system that sounds if the power goes off, (you should be able to get them for freezers etc...) this means that if it goes off at night when you are asleep at least you know to take emergency action.
Chicks can be raised in haybox brooders with NO heating at all. Now I havent tried it myself with chicks but I have done it sucessfully with ducklings a few years back and raised all of them with no losses. (of course ducks are a bit more robust than chicks but I am assured it works just as well with chicks I have got an old poultry book that explains all the principles of hay box brooding I will try to look it up and post it coz I'm sure it will be of interest to other people as well.
The way to keep chicks warm for a short while is the old fashioned "Hotwater bottle" or if you prefer it in this enlightend age you can use the the one with the gel inside that stays warm without risk of it leaking.
If like us, you suffer from regular powercuts, I know its expensive
but have you considered a small petrol powered generator?
Another thing that may work if there are not too many
I use a one gallon waterer for raising turkey poults.
Watch out for them huddling together too much. They can suffocate each