WARNING- westinghouse red brooder bulbs sold at Tractor Supply have a non-stick coating (Teflon?) ac

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jseitz, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. jseitz

    jseitz New Egg

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    I lost 8 out of 14 of my day old chicks. They were all healthy and active until they suddenly 1by 1 started chirping loudly and then starting flopping around until they died minutes later. It was horrific to watch. I have been trying to figure out what possibly could have caused such a sudden mass death of my healthy chicks. I came acrossed info about Teflon coating releasing fumes which are toxic. According to the Westinghouse house site their bulbs have a non- stick coating. The bulb I was using had been plugged in for about 48 hours before the deaths occurred. These bulbs are sold as Brooder bulbs at Tractor Supply.
     
  2. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    How awful! I remember from years past that there had been issues with bulbs purchased from hardware stores (labeled for use in bathrooms, I believe). But to sell those as brooder bulbs seems irresponsible. I'm sorry for your loss and hope that your post saves others the same heartache.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry for your loss :( When I saw the title of this thread, my first thought was Teflon coating on the bulb but you've already figured that out. I agree its very irresponsible to sell them for use in brooders with no warning lables or directions for how long you should run the bulb to let the fumes burn off. I use incandescent bulbs, but they're getting harder and harder to find. My next investment will be a Brisnea Ecoglow chick brooder. They're so much more natural and give alot more peace of mind regarding fires and such. Poor babies.
    Nikki
     
  4. SD Bird Lady

    SD Bird Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    How do you know if bulbs you get have the teflon coating? Is it on the package?
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Usually Teflon coated bulbs are called rough service or shatter resistant bulbs. SOME even have a warning label saying they have a PTFE coating. I've noticed that PTFE label on incandescent bulbs but I don't use the red ones so I'm not really sure about those...
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  6. danideer

    danideer Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I just bought one of these Westinghouse "brooder" bulbs from Tractor Supply. Thankfully it's not in use yet as my ducklings don't come until Tuesday or Wednesday. Obviously I won't be using this bulb now! What sort of bulb an I safely replace it with? This will be my first time raising ducks and I certainly don't want to put something toxic in their brooder!
     
  7. TravelChicks22

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    I bought a Philips 250w/120v Heat Light at Home Depot for my last batch and this one, and it works fine for my week-old chicks. The light says it is for heating bathrooms and animal habitats, and there is no coating on it.
     
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  8. blackswamp

    blackswamp Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got back from TSC 5min ago with a 250w Westinghouse bulb. Should I take it back quick & get one from Rural King? I had one from Rural King & it only lasted 3 days. The one I got is in a blue box.

    Thanks
    Jeff
     
  9. dgrover

    dgrover New Egg

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    I have used the Westinghouse bulbs from TSC for 4 years now and never had any problems. Before assuming this is the cause of the problem, I would look elsewhere. Posting something of this nature without solid evidence is unfair to the manufacturer and creates panic by growers..
     
  10. jseitz

    jseitz New Egg

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    Havells bulbs (I buy them at Southern States) are not coated. The are also sold by McMurray Hatchery. They have an article on there site about the safety concern with coated bulbs.
    I had used the bulbs from TSC for another batch of chicks just a month before. (The bulbs came 2 in a box) I did not have any problems with it. However, after reading lots of info on the PTFE coatings causing deaths in poultry and finding out that the bulbs sold at TSC are coated! I would not take a chance! I contacted TSC reguarding this. They couldn't even tell me who made the bulbs. They told me they would have someone contact me with more info. I never heard back. I don't know for a fact that it was the bulbs that caused my chicks to die so suddenly. But reading the info that is the only thing that makes sense. I wouldn't chance it- Buy a safe bulb! There is enough to worry about with chicks already.
     

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