Nearly killed my flock!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by I have WHAT in my yard?, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    Last night it was very cold here. We had an improvised coop that I was trying to get us through the cold weather with. It had a heat lamp in it, but there wasn't room for the lamp to be placed appropriately.

    Sometime during the night the lamp must have been bumped or moved until the bulb faced against the wooden support.

    By morning it had BURNED all the way through the wood! There was a large hole! I was completely shocked. I expected scorching, but to burn a hole all the way through a 2x4?!?!?

    Of course I was afraid then that they had smoke inhalation, but they all seem fine! They moved into the new coop today! My back is killing me and we worked our boohinds off, but it got done in one day!

    I was afraid the lamp could burn the chickens or the wiring could start a fire, I had no idea the heat lamp could burn through wood!
  2. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    You were soooooo lucky! Thank goodness it didn't ignite.
  3. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    When I put in a heat lamp I use electrical tape and tape it tight to something. I put it on the cord and all connections as well. Those things can be dangerous. Sooo glad it did not hurt your fuzzy butts. Jean
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Oh my word!!!! You were soooo lucky that it did not cause any further damage before you discovered it!
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound

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