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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Trefoil, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Trefoil

    Trefoil Songster

    Dec 7, 2011
    I copied this from the guinea forum, if everybody already knows about this great, but just in case.
    Alert- Sudden flock death - No Warning

    by Princess Guinea, Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 11:06
    edited by Princess Guinea, Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 14:45
    WARNING We lost 16 birds, long term healthy and productive guineas and chickens! 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 Brahma 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 veterinarian community and research labs tested the birds, food and bedding. The only suspicious item was the light.
    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 or uses the word "Shatterproof" do not use. http://blog.mcmurrayhatchery.com/20...nt-bulbs-a-potential-danger-to-your-chickens/
    Please read these 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/
    and: http://www.oldworldaviaries.com/text/styles/teflon.html
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  2. featheredroots

    featheredroots Songster

    May 4, 2011
    Madisonville, KY
    Thank you for this post, I had no idea this could happen. I'm using the same red bulb I did last year, and all seem to be fine, but I bought a spare just in case this one goes up. I saw the shatter proof ones at the feed store, and I'm not sure if that's what the new one is, but I'll definitely be checking.
  3. How awful!!
  4. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    OH NO!
    That is very sad to see. I am going to make sure I look more closely at the things I am using with my girls.
    I was lucky enough to have a sealed oil heater for my coop. So far I have only needed heat in there a few nights.
    For the up and coming babies I will be sure to look up any bulbs I buy before I have a tragedy like this.
  5. MadabtChickens

    MadabtChickens Songster

    Jan 24, 2012
    near Branson, MO
    OMG! That's horrible! Thank you for posting!
  6. HereInOz

    HereInOz In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2012
    Joplin, Missouri
    I just ordered two new heat lamp bulbs a couple of days ago, but haven't received them yet...checked the product info online and they say they are "splatterproof" and are designed not to shatter when they come in to contact with liquids. Guess I'll be returning them [​IMG]. Thank you for posting this Trefoil, I don't want to risk losing any of my new chicks!
  7. Saskfarmgirl

    Saskfarmgirl In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2012
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    Just wanted to say I am sorry for the terrible loss of your chickens and thankyou for the info you have provided for us. But I did want to mention to the people on here before you start thinking you have to return your bulbs look more closely into the bulb you purchased. I for one thought the same thing I had just purchased two brand new bulbs but realized that mine are SPLATTERPROOF! not coated with PTFE but with hardened Pyrex made by HAVELLS which are sold by Murray McMurray Hatchery. They state in the warning bulletin that any of the bulbs they carry are safe.
    Hope this helps alot of people from worrying.

  8. DCasper

    DCasper Songster

    Jan 13, 2012
    Benton, KY
    That is terrible and there should be a warning on the package.
  9. bantam cochin connoisseur

    bantam cochin connoisseur In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    Thanks for sharing this information. I had never heard of this before.
  10. kappelmd

    kappelmd In the Brooder

    Feb 4, 2012
    Burlington, KY
    I am headed to the garage and coop now to check mine. I have 36 eggs in the bator now, and working on my stage #2 brooder.

    I check all of my red and white heat bulbs from Tractor Supply and Orschen. None of them are coated and the ones that I still have in the box do not say they are shatterproof.

    Thanks for posting this information.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012

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