:( Bad Day

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PDJTP2006, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. PDJTP2006

    PDJTP2006 In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2007
    This morning I checked my 2 week old chicks out side and they were fine with there 2 heat lamps and they were all happy. MY mom sent me a text message during my class and said they had all died [​IMG] the heat lamp exploded and somehow they all passed away im so bummed I had Brown Leghorns and Salmon Faverolles and a adorable lil mystery chick from Mcmurrary. Poor babies
  2. TheBigWRanch

    TheBigWRanch Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    Wenatchee, Washington
    Sorry for you loss. Did both heat lamps go out? Were they in a brooder, or just a coop? Well, I hope you can get some more!
  3. Foghorn

    Foghorn Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Is that a common problem for a heat lamp to explode? That sounds like a real danger!
  4. edbama2

    edbama2 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Slocomb, Alabama
    Sorry to hear about your chics. How cold was the temp outside? Is that what caused the heat lamp to blow up? [​IMG]
  5. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Quote:I had never heard of a heat lamp exploding there is probably or must be some cautions to using them though. Possibly over heating coming into contact with moisture?
  6. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    PTJTP2006, sorry to hear about the bad accident. Heat lamps can be dangerous, so caution when using them is of real importance. If water comes in contact with a hot lamp it causes them to explode, while I know nothing about your set-up that would be my guess as to what happened.

    Making sure the lamp is extra secure from where it's hung from, can make all the difference between a broken bulb or a fire if one was to fall onto dry bedding. Many coops and brooders have been lost to fires.

    I've had birds break bulbs when they fly into the lamp, the bulb breaks at the socket and remains intack by the wires, the wire cage to protect the bulb helps but isn't fool proof. If those would of fell down on dry shavings the outcome wouldn't be good.

    In brooders I suspend the lamp 18" from the brooder floor, with plenty of room for the peeps to move under the lamp for heat and away to cool of as needed.

  7. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    PDJTP2006, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    It's true that it is very rare that a heat bulb will explode on its own like that, and I agree with bigzio water or moisture must have come into contact with the bulb for it to shatter like it did.
    Was this your first little flock?
    Hope you can work our whatever happened so that you can prevent it from ever occuring again, but I know how bad it feels to loose those little peeps.

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