Warning against using heat lamps in winter

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Scan meter, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. Scan meter

    Scan meter Hatching

    Nov 11, 2014
    I have raised five chickens from hatchlings. Last night, our coop burned to the ground after the heat lamp sparked on a something. We lost all five chickens in the fire. I am heartbroken! Hopefully, our tragedy can warn others.

    Temperatures had dropped to -20 windchill this week in our area. Our chicks did not actually need a heat lamp...I just felt bad for them and wanted to provide some warmth. They were doing just fine in their small coop without the lamp. Please please learn from me and choose another option. We are lucky our house didn't burn down too since the coop was right next to it.

    Feeling horrible today!! I loved these chickens as much as any pet I have had! So sad ."
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    So very sorry for your loss, and thanks for the warning to others. This happens to too many flocks every year. You were trying to help them, but you are correct in saying that they DID NOT need the supplemental heat.
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    oh you were so lucky not to lose your house, or someone in the house.

    A terrible reminder to others on here, a heat lamp is hot, unsupervised in flamable material is dangerous. Extension cords are also dangerous.
    Be careful people.

    Mrs K
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    So sorry for your loss and scary experience! Thank you, though, for sharing it here for those who are wondering if they need to provide supplemental heat. I hope you rebuild your coop and flock so you can once again enjoy having chickens.
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    So sorry! Mary
  6. knelsen

    knelsen Hatching

    Jan 8, 2015
    I'm so sorry! I, too, have been tempted to put some heat in my little chicken coop, but I've been afraid of a fire. Thanks for the confirmation about my decision not to. Again, I'm so sorry!
  7. Original poster, can you please let everyone who reads this post know what state you live in? It will double warn everyone to think twice!!
  8. BonRae67

    BonRae67 Songster

    Dec 23, 2014
    So sorry for your loss. Glad you were not hurt.:(
  9. LipsChicks

    LipsChicks Chirping

    Dec 31, 2014
    North Dakota
    That really scares me. In Notth Dakota, we've been having actual temps of -20 plus strong wind. How cold is just too cold. I run a heat lamp and a have a heated base to keep their water from freezing.
  10. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    Thank you for the warning. Last year was about the coldest most miserable winter on record. I had a smaller coop and not as many chickens and they did fine. Some of my friends used light but no heat but I whined to my husband I thought we needed heat, but he worried about fire. I did some supplemental reading that said the most chickens were lost in the more southern states and more were lost with heat lamps. It seems that if the chickens have heat and the temperature plummets and electricity is lost in a storm and the heat goes out, the chickens die. After that I don't worry as much. They have a nice coop, warm bedding, great food and treats and they seem fine.

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