Warning about light bulbs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rancher hicks, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Some time ago I mentioned reading about chicks that died due to the use of "teflon coated" light bulbs.

    I'd like to offer this update given in MENews

    "" Following our recent report on poultry killed by Teflon Coated shatter proof ligh bulbs, we discovered a February 2012 report in the journal of Comparative Medicine detailing several more instances in which off - gassing from bulbs coated with Teflon (PTFE) had killed chicks and other birds.
    One case involved birds that were killed by coated hear lamps used in outdoor conditions.

    The author writes that Teflon toxicosis "may begin to increase in frequency, given that the U.S. Food and Dreg Administration now requires the use of PTFE - coated heat lamp bulbs in the food industry, to prevent shattering. A few companies do still manufacture non coated bulbs. " ""

    Back to me now.

    Those who keep Parrots and other house birds might want to keep this in mind too.

    Live long and prosper,

    Rancher Hicks
     
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  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Considering the millions of bulbs used, and the millions of birds raised, the numbers of death are minute.
    Good ventilation should remove all fumes
     
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Here's an account of it: http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/7...light_bulbs_toxic_to_chickens_the_full_story/

    It doesn't matter if the amount of deaths were "minute". What matters is that people are aware of the potential toxins released by these bulbs. More could occur using the bulbs mentioned. GE bulbs are garbage anyway. The best infrared bulbs I've used are by Mor and Zoo Med. Fostoria makes great lamps for larger brooding areas, and they're made in Ohio. At least they were a couple years ago.
     
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  4. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Thanks, Mike

    Is that your bird in the avatar and what is it?
     
  5. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    You're welcome. Yes, one of my roosters. He's a California Gray.
     
  6. Suzierd

    Suzierd Overrun With Chickens

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    Great to know Rancher, Thanks for posting.
     
  7. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I thought so. Do you raise them? It just occurred to me that they lay white eggs. How big of an egg do they lay? I don't have them, but there are those who won't eat a brown or colored egg.

    Though straight combed birds have a hard time here in NY with the cold.

    Got any more pics of your birds?
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    The bulbs being discussed aren't "infrared"

    They are normal light bulbs, but designated "rough service", and are made by most all bulb companies

    Adequate ventilation prevents the problem
     
  9. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Just can't resist creating an argument can you? The bulbs in the article were not infrared. So? My point was even GE infrared bulbs suck too. I prefer infrared, so I know. In other words,"Don't buy GE, Sylvania, or other cheap, mass produced Chinese bulbs". At least I won't. Your repeating of "adequate ventilation" doesn't dismiss the fact that the teflon bulbs emit a toxic gas.
     
  10. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    This is my first year with this breed, rancher hicks. They are friendly birds, but flighty, and not as nervous as Leghorns. These are laying now and generally producing a 2.25 oz egg. So they are on the large side. I'm seeing increases in egg size after 6 months. I like them and never understood the color preference for eggs since it doesn't determine taste or quality. I know what you mean about frostbitten combs. I can send you some pics.
     

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