Sad Story, and a Light Bulb Warning!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Clucknut, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Clucknut

    Clucknut Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't been here in a long time. Forgive me if this has already been covered...

    On Friday, I went to Tractor Supply to pick up a bag of scratch grain. I use it as treats for my flock of OEGBs.
    Well, it's that time of year... I ended up walking out with a bag of starter feed, a bail of pine shavings, and four Pekin Duck hatchlings. (I've had ducks before, and really enjoy them.) I got them home, dragged out the old chick feeders and waterers, and set up a brooder in the spare bathtub. My reflector didn't have a bulb in it, so I stuck a 60 watt in it, and quickly ran up to Ace Hardware to get some bigger bulbs. Because of the light bulb fiasco going on in the US, there isn't a wide range of incandescent bulbs available these days. I ended up with a couple 100 watt, "rough service worklights." About five minutes after turning the light on, one of the ducklings started acting funny. Then it collapsed and just laid there, breathing hard. I didn't understand what was happening, and then a second one started acting the same way. "THE BULB!", I realized. (These have some kind of coating on them to prevent breakage.) My wife and I scooped up all four babies and took them to fresh air in another room. The two that had collapsed slowly died in the palms of our hands... I felt so bad.
    Two days later, the other two seem to be fine. I think they were further away as the bulb heated up... or they're just a couple of tough little quackers.
    I don't know what the coating is on these bulbs. Teflon is very toxic to birds. It's either that, or something just as bad.
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Oh wow, I am so sorry that happened. I have been meaning to check and see if I can stil get the red heat lamp bulbs I've always used or what to replace them with if not. I would not have known to check for that. Thank you for posting your experience with those.
     
  3. NJchixs

    NJchixs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry. Reading your story will remind in the future to always use the red bulb. Thank you
     
  4. countrygirl74

    countrygirl74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's some more information on the bulbs and what to avoid... so sorry for your loss!

    See here


    Or here
     
  5. Dubya D

    Dubya D New Egg

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    Wow! I hate to hear that happened to you.
    I was at Ace shopping for a bulb and picked up the "rough service" bulb twice putting it back each time...being a tight wad (over $5each) kept me from buying it.
     
  6. Tatiana110

    Tatiana110 Chillin' With My Peeps

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