I feel guilty but lucky at the same time. I lost about 8 chicks to a brooder accident today. I had accidentally locked one of my two cats in the garage. When I came home I found one lid (one has a hinge, this was the one that just rests on the top) displaced and IDK What she did. It then dawned on me that the LAMP was missing...I looked into the brooder and there it was laying on its side right on my hay. Facing the "feeding" section of my brooder with all the babies trapped on that side of the brooder (at least with the food and water)
SOOO VERY THANKFUL that it didn't start a fire. I was gone for 16 hours today and could have come home to a nightmare. Unfortunately I lost 7 or 8 baby chicks (I won't know for sure how many until I do inventory tonight...there were a few that weren't distinguishable...it was REALLY, really sad). I feel super guilty. I thought double clamping the was enough (I use the built in clamp plus another clamp on the cord higher up)...This is my fourth batch I'd raisted / started to raise with that setup and NEVER had an issue. I'll be buying a chain tomorrow. Lesson learned. ;(
2 Australian Shepherds, 8 horses, and currently suffering from the effects of chicken math with >30 chickens and climbing. Especially fond of Silver Penciled Rocks and Cochins but have some polish in the grow up pen along with some Easter Eggers.