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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-30-2004, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Summer "Keep Cool" Tips for chins

I thought it would be good to make a central list of tips to keep your chinnies cool in the event of an a/c outage.

My favorite is terra-cotta kept in the freezer. I buy the little 'plates' that go under planters and keep them in there so that I can put them in the chins' cages if the power were to go out for short periods.

Long term, they get packed up and taken either to work or to my mother's.

What do you do?

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That is so neat that you get to keep your chins at work with you
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Now that it's getting warmer, I'm going to freeze bottles of water to stick in the pans under the cage. In the new cages I got a while back, there's enough room between the floor wire and the pan to do that. Long term they would get packed up and taken to Ira's mom's house. One time when the power was out there we packed them up and the local convienence store let us keep them there until the power came on and the house cooled back off. This is a major worry for me since it gets so hot here. Luckily the chin room stays much cooler since I put in linoleum! Oh, did I mention we got a brand new a/c yesterday! Woo hoo! No more $400 electric bills just to keep the house at 85 (as cool as our a/c would get sometimes).


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OMG! $400 electric bills?!?! You poor thing! I'd say it's a really good thing you got a new A/C. Congrats!
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When I didn't have so many chins I would freeze water bottles, 2 liter. When they were needed I would wrap them in fleece (fleece doesn't rip and cause threads to catch in digits and teeth) and lay them in the cage. Now we have a big generator. My chins would have all died at that last biggy outage we all had. Our temps were in the high 80's and the humidity was 90%.

I like the terra cotta idea. You can buy ceramic floor tiles for $1 at Home Depot these are nice to keep chinnies cooler too.


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I have marble floor tiles...if you ever felt marble, it's ALWAYS cold! So no need to freeze. Also tiny ice cubes made with cranberry juice to go in water bottles to encourage more drinking and a nice refreshing cool drink (only for REALLY hot days, not everyday) Freeze papaya for a cool treat. Of course we have central A/C and if that goes out, pack them up and take them to a friend's house.

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I also freeze ice cubes (those neat ones that are a stick, so they fit in a chin water bottle very nicely!) and put them in the water, as well as the marble tiles. I still freeze them, then let them cool for a bit so they are not bitter cold.

If all else fails, and our central a/c goes out, i have about 3-4 different places to pack them up and take them to

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I just wanted to recirculate this important thread!!!

I just had a customer call about her baby chin with heat stroke I want all to be alert. I guess since it's so early in the season new chin owners may not be on the watch for high temps.


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Thanks for the tips, it's funny about the marble floors though, yes our floors are all marble and tile, with concrete walls, and when the sun hit's the right spot, look out it get's quite warm. okay now don't call me a dummy here, the terra- cotta that Jade was mentioning those are the clay one's right? I came here in hopes of some great ideas, as it can get very warm here up to 120+ in August. Yes we have A/C however it's far from a central unit, and where the chinnies sit now is above the fireplace near a wall unit that used to be an a/c now is just a fan, and they have a BIG ceiling fan near by, so any ideas are great. We have plenty of water bottles, that is the only way we can drink water here (tap water is not drinkable). Although marble tiling is fairly cheap here as that is how they do all the houses around here, so we may just have to invest in some of those as well to keep in the freezer and place at the bottom of their cage for the up and coming summer months. It is going to be a challenge keeping the chinnies cool here, but I think with the great ideas above we should be okay


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Yep, I buy the clay planters and the 'plates' that go under them and keep them in the freezer. Marble in the freezer works well too!

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