Coops on Fire

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by skunknchatter, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. skunknchatter

    skunknchatter Chillin' With My Peeps

    364
    22
    153
    Aug 19, 2007
    Northern Utah
    Here's a quick reminder about the dangers of heat lamps in chicken coops. I woke up at 2AM this morning to my husbands fire pager going off. He was dispatched to a chicken coop that had caught fire and then caught an apartment complex on fire. The cause? A heat lamp. Having a heat lamp in your coop is much more dangerous than letting your well equipt chickens tough out the cold. Luckily for these chickens most of them were rescued and thrown in a shed... However the damage to the apartment complex will likely top $100,000. Mostly exterior. But if someone hadn't driven by and seen the flames it could have ended a lot worse. Lots of families/young kids in those apartments.
     
  2. Chicken girl 15

    Chicken girl 15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,646
    388
    186
    May 28, 2015
    harpursville ny
    Don't get me wrong , I love my flock however they compare in no way to my love of no criminal record. Not wanting a heat lamp for fear of fire is why I will not have fuzzies until spring. I feel so bad for the people (and flock) who lost belongs and thank God there was no loss of life.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    17,307
    5,268
    476
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Almost all barn fires around here in the winter is from heat lamps, I'm not understanding why people keep heating their coops instead of spending the money on making sure the coop is good for the winter, that being said my chickens live in a metal pole building with a east facing open door, a few drafty cracks and temperature can get down to -40, inside with the wind blocked and the sun coming it it can be quite nice, and my chickens not only survive but they go outside all winter. Chickens don't require extra heat, and I do make sure to raise chicks in the proper season as well.
     
  4. Chicken girl 15

    Chicken girl 15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,646
    388
    186
    May 28, 2015
    harpursville ny
    I help out at 2 separate horse barns as well as tending my flock . All power to both barns stays shut off at the breaker until we need light to tend stalls and passout feed. If no person is in the barn there needs to be no power. That's just a safety thing. If the animal can survive in -40 Temps it can survive a chilly draft free barn.
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

    8,843
    3,881
    441
    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Because it makes them feel better. People tend to humanize their animals and forget that they are made to adapt to the weather. It helps if you're raising chickens that are compatible to the environment in which you're raising them. The little froo-froo chickens and Mediteranian chickens won't do so well in our frigid winter temperatures. The heavier breeds suffer more in warmer climates. Something to think about when building a flock.
     
  6. Jesusfreak101

    Jesusfreak101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,020
    160
    171
    Sep 2, 2015
    Texas
    My Coop
    No heat lamp for our gals but most of ours are to fluffy for our summer so they get a fan and water/mud puddles to help keep them cool outside of that i am sure God made them to be able to handle the wearher just fine.
     
  7. AuntNomi

    AuntNomi Chillin' With My Peeps

    547
    38
    106
    Aug 13, 2015
    Callahan, Florida!
    Glad no one lost their life due to the fire! The heat lamps are def not worth all the trouble of that.
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,452
    3,536
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    It's all those Humane Society ads on tv....

    "If you're cold, they're cold". If it's true for an abnormal creature like a Chihuahua, of course it must be true for an animal that's still pretty "natural" and comes equipped with it's own down coat, right?

    I'd love to put a nice fluffy down parka on those folks, zip it up nice and snug, pull the hood on, thick wool socks and long johns, then make them wear that all day in a 70 degree house. Can't take it off! Then tell me how warm chicken need to be.
     
  9. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    4,766
    576
    281
    Aug 29, 2012
    Australia
    Wow, so lucky somebody spotted it! Great reminder!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by