In a Wirral blackout, little chicks are believed dead after an incubator shuts down.
When their incubator broke down during the Wirral blackout yesterday night, there were fears that 50 little chicks would perish.
The newborn hens were in the process of hatching when their only source of heat was cut off due to an unforeseen power outage in West Kirby, Heswall, Irby, Bromborough, and Thornton Hough.
Caitlin Walker, a West Kirby resident, said she discovered the baby birds huddling together for warmth at 4 a.m. today (Thursday, June 10).
“I had 50 chicken eggs in my incubator that began hatching yesterday evening,” she explained.
“I was awoken at 4 a.m. by a fox in the garden upsetting my hens, so I went into the garage to see how many more chicks had hatched.”
“I discovered them all huddled together for warmth and overheard their faint cheeps.
“It’s critical to keep them warm once they’ve hatched.”
“At first, I assumed it was a problem with the incubator, but then I noticed that all of the lights were turned out.”
“I was racing around like a chicken with its head cut off, and my only thinking was to put the incubator in the car and drive to find somewhere with a plug before they all died.”
Caitlin, 51, raises hens in her backyard and was hatching more for herself and her friends.
In her haste to find a safe haven for the chicks, she passed three engineers who assured her that Hoylake had been spared the power outage, and she made it to a friend’s house to plug the incubator in.
She was still concerned that they wouldn’t make it through the chilly night, given that they had already been exposed to the dip in temperatures since the outage began at midnight.
“I checked on them during a break from work and happily they are fine, and a few more have hatched now as well,” Caitlin said.
The blackout in sections of Wirral overnight was caused by a problem with subterranean cables, according to ScottishPower.
When individuals came out into the streets to find no lights, they told the ECHO that it had “creeped” them out. The summary comes to a close.