Chicken Coop Caught on Fire! Will the chickens be OK?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Scottyhorse, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Scottyhorse

    Scottyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning when we went to feed the barnyard, me and my brother saw smoke coming out of the roof! We ran over there, opened the door, and a huge wave of smoke came gushing out. The poor chickens and chicks were very stressed, and making pathetic noises. We opened up the little hatch, and my brother was shooing them out while I climbed on the roosts to grab the ones who wouldn't leave. I would grab a leg, and toss them off so they could be shooed out. We had to make multiple trips in there; the smoke was so thick you couldn't stay in there for more than 30 seconds. We finally got all the chickens out. I ran inside (both my parents are at work so we were on our own) and grabbed our super old fire extinguisher, not sure if it would actually work or not. I ran outside, pulled the pin, and ran into the chicken coop to put out the fire. Well, the FE was soo old that not very much came out. So I ran into the goat house, took the buckets of water and dumped them on the floor where the fire was. I mostly got it out. By that time my brother had called my mom, who then called our neighbor who lives a mile+ down the road, who then called the Fire Dept. When they got there ( I was still in my PJ's) the fire was out, but they cut a huge chunk of the floor out and took a bunch of the other stuff that burned out.
    I am still a bit concerned about the chickens, one old pet banty in particular. They were making these (and still are a bit) coughing/sneezing noises, from all the smoke they had to breath in. The one banty was under the goat house panting and making a wheezing noise. She still is now, but her mouth is closed. We put some buckets of water out for them because their waterer is melted. They are out in the fresh air, pecking around, and otherwise seem OK besides that noise they make.

    Do you think they will be OK? Is there anything we should do to help?

    Cause of fire: Heat Lamp that had fallen onto the ground. it got so hot, the bulb itself melted!

    Chicken coop is OK, just needs a new floor, which needed to happen anyways!
     
  2. Scottyhorse

    Scottyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just took the banty hen that wasn't doing well inside. She us making noises like a dead squeaky toy would. Along with a little honk. We force fed her some water, and she pecked at some cereal, but not like she usually does. Is there anything we can buy to help her? She is one of our favorit chickens, we don't want her to die from this :(
     
  3. Scottyhorse

    Scottyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's in a little basket with some towels trying to sleep, but keeps waking up even if you just look at her! Alright NOW she's really trying to go to sleep. Nevermind. She's not making the noises and she isn't breathing quite as heavy, but still abnormally. Help?
     
  4. jendodd79

    jendodd79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awwww- I'm sorry! I'm glad that you got everything put out before any serious damage! I'm sorry, I don't have any advice, I don't know any chicken first aid yet
     
  5. Mac14

    Mac14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That almost happened to me! Except the lamp was in our laundry room when they were little. Soon afterward we rearranged it so it couldn't fall. Lesson learned! The only thing I can think of for your hen is to keep her quiet. Mine were fine afterward so I didn't have to do anything. I hope she gets better. :)
     
  6. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not sure there is much more you can do. a vet would probably give oxygen, but that is out of most of our reach. clean fresh air is about the best you can do.

    Keep us updated

    RobertH
     
  7. suebgbr

    suebgbr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I work in A&E and oxygen or nebulisers are best but when my kid has an asthma attack we put him in the bathroom with the shower on 'cos the steam helps to open his breathing tubes (laymans terms).
    If you have any ventolin or becotide inhalers and you don't have a child with a teddy bear spacer you could use a toilet roll tube to make a spacer. Try one puffs and let the chicken breath it in.
    Smoke on the lungs is horrid, but like an ex smoker, every day your lungs get a little better. Fresh air should be fine in the absence of anything else.
    Good luck xxx

    P.s Be careful with the buckets of water 'cos one of my silkies drowned in a horse water bucket. They try to drink, fall in and can't swim!
     
  8. dawnjb

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    I am so glad you caught it in time to save your coop and chickens. Smoke inhalation is really rough on their little tiny lungs but they should be ok. My home caught on fire once and I had several parrots inside a room so full of smoke we could barely see to find them and throw them outside. Their breathing sounded so horrible we were sure they wouldn't make it but they did. Best of luck.......
     
  9. Scottyhorse

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    Thanks :) They seem to be doing OK currently. The fresh air seemed to really help. Every once in a while there will be a sneeze, wheeze, or 'wet' cough, but otherwise they seem OK! Thank goodness!
     
  10. Scottyhorse

    Scottyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She slept for a bit, then seemed to calm down a bit and stopped making the noises she was mostly, so I put her back in the coop on the roost. We went out there a couple hours ago and she was sleeping like a rock!

    Same thing that happened to you happened to use, too.
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2013

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