Heatlight Fire

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicknmania, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    In the news here was a story about someone in our County, who, with the best intentions I'm sure, left heat lights on all night in their pole barn Wednesday night for their several animals, they had about fifty goats, some cows, chickens and ducks,. Something caught fire as a result of the heat lights they think, and the barn burned down and all the animals were killed. I'm sure the poor owners must be suffering, and so sick. I feel so sorry for them, and of course, all the animals, too.

    Just a reminder that heatlights are so dangerous, and not really necessary. If you're going to use them, monitor them. We never leave them on all night. They can explode or get knocked down, or touch something flammable. Animals put off a lot of heat, and they usually do a pretty good job of keeping each other warm. [​IMG]
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    We never leave them on all night.

    All night - which is when it's coldest. So, if one isn't going to keep them on all night when it's cold, why use them at all? It only causes inconsistency in their temperatures, making it harder for them to cope with the cold in the first place. Getting off my soapbox now....
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  3. JackE

    JackE Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    Read about this every winter. All for some misguided attempt to "KeepThemWarm".
  4. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    With just a heatlight, we don't feel it makes a whole lot more difference than sunshine would. So we turn them on during the day when we are home and can monitor them, during periods of extreme cold, and I mean subzero to single digits, so that if they want to, they can jump under there for a bit to warm up. We have chicks right now that their mother incubated and hatched during all this cold weather. We transferred them to a small enclosed pen and the chicks do need the added warmth during the day when they are more active. At night they go under their mother, and it's no big deal for her to keep them warm under there. Heatlight is better for them to stay acclimated to the cold, than bringing them in the house, I don't feel the babies would survive without some artificial heat during the day during extreme cold, anyway, until they get some feathers.
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  5. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    Anyway, people have different ways of dealing with the cold, and that's just what we do. If we had other livestock, especially cows or larger animals where they are going to put off some heat, and the chickens can get close to them, we probably would not bother with heatlights at all except for the chicks.
  6. ChickenCurt

    ChickenCurt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2014
    Definitely a sad case. A reminder that when we do heat our barns and coops that we maintain and inspect the heaters regularly so that this doesn't happen to us, also, place them or guard them out of reach of the critters and flammables.
  7. GD91

    GD91 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2013
    Most chickens do not need a heatlamp.... small flocks of certain breeds that are not so coldhardy in certain areas may need supplemental heat.... but even then I would bring them indoors in a pet crate before I used a heatlamp. Far safer.

    As you can guess we don't use heatlamps here except for little chicks [​IMG]
  8. whittychick

    whittychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2013
    Cape cod
    So sad :-( poor family and poor animals...I defiantly don't use or ever want to use a heat lamp. They are hardy hardy birds and with the right set up, they will FINE!

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