Alert: deadly unmarked bulbs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Princess Guinea, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Princess Guinea

    Princess Guinea Out Of The Brooder

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    WARNING We lost 16 birds, long term healthy and productive chickens and guineas! All were safely in their large coop and all died there. They died a terrible, painful, and suffocating death in a place that they thought was safe. They died between the time they were locked in the coop and when I opened the coop to let them out to free range.

    They were laying face down, grouped in pairs with their favorite flock mate. The Orpington rooster had his wing over his favorite hen. Our favorite lavender guinea hen died next to her six-month chick huddled next to the coop door. Two sister Light Brama hens lay side by side in a corner. It was as if someone arranged them to die with their buddy. Nothing else was disturbed. The only thing that was different was that I changed their warming bulb that night.

    the light had no warning on the box nor no indication that a non-stick coating was used in the bulb. Our research both on the web and in stores indicates that in most cases the bulbs are not marked.

    Please check all your bulbs! If there is any indication of any coating do not use. Join Rachel Carson Conference RCC in requesting that all PTFE-containing products include animal health information, such as the following:
     
    WARNING! This product contains PTFE, known to release toxic fumes potentially fatal to birds when the product is overheated. Keep birds away from this product.


    Please read this article if you read nothing else- it was posted by another member in caring response to our tragedy , http://blog.mcmurrayhatchery.com/20...nt-bulbs-a-potential-danger-to-your-chickens/

    Also

    http://www.oldworldaviaries.com/text/styles/teflon.html

    http://424pets.com/fumes.html

    http://voices.yahoo.com/shatter-resistant-bulbs-dangerous-poultry-7913000.html?cat=53
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012
  2. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so very sorry for your loss! This is horrible to have happen when you're trying to do your best for your flock's care.
    Glad you posted to warn others though!
    Keeping you in thoughts and prayers. :hugs
     
  3. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Oh my goodness...so sorry for your loss...that is tragic...and terrible... [​IMG]

    We will have to check ours, but I don't shut them in at night they can go out to there pen...but just in case..

    Thanks for the alert!
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Where did you purchase this bulb? Was it a red heat lamp bulb? Do you have a picture of it? We would appreciate more information, since most people use the red ones on their baby chicks.
     
  5. Princess Guinea

    Princess Guinea Out Of The Brooder

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  6. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
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    I just read the artical and that is very disturbing....You would think that they would have thought about that, when putting it into bulbs...especially heat bulbs...since they are used for heating pets... [​IMG]
     
  7. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    So sorry. What a tragedy! Thanks for the link. I'll make sure I pay attention to the brand of heat bulbs I buy.
     
  8. hemet dennis

    hemet dennis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Where do you live that you needed a heat lamp for full grown birds ? Must have had a small coop with no air flow.
     
  9. Princess Guinea

    Princess Guinea Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in northern Idaho. The point is wherever you live there is the possibility that your best intentions can go so wrong without the right information. Chicks of all ages are raised under these bulbs!
     
  10. hemet dennis

    hemet dennis Chillin' With My Peeps

    How big of a coop ?
     

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