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#1 TAHOE ONLINE  

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Posted January 12, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Well, many of us do things in the throes of winter to keep farm animals warm or just from freezing. for te last few years, when it drops below 10-15* or so I plug in a large red bulbed heat lamp over chickens to just take off the bite of the cold. It's just one ofhte metal shielded clip on lamps.

 

This morning I open barn door, WOW, the smell of burnt wood smacks me in the face. I look over to coop, there is no red light glowing, I immediately pull plug on the extension cord. When I get in the coop, I find the light is lying on top of my PVC feeder and my old rooster dead by the door. He was on his last leg anyway and he always roosted right under the light. I think maybe he had some death convulsions and knocked the light down from over head.

 

Anyway, when I removed light, here was what I saw in pic below....crispy PVC pipe. Thankfully light landed there vs on any wood in the pen. It was charred, but did not acively catch fire.

 

From now on, lights will be securely attached versus just clipping onthe rafter if I use them again.

I also refuse to use thopse heated water buckets, I've heard too many barn burnings caused by them shorted. My goats would chew the cords anyway.

 

 

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Posted January 12, 2015 - 10:16 AM

Sorry to read about your old rooster dying..he was probably trying to warn everybody else about the danger. Luckily you didn't lose your barn too


The old cock crows no more!
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Posted January 12, 2015 - 10:17 AM

Glad you went out there to check on things!


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Posted January 12, 2015 - 10:38 AM

That was a close call. Good to hear that there was no more damage than that. 


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Posted January 12, 2015 - 11:14 AM

Sorry about your old rooster :( Happy you didnt loose the barn and other critters.


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Posted January 12, 2015 - 11:54 AM

    We have had much the same thing happen with heat bulbs over baby chicks. Now I use fine sand on the ground under the heat lights, and use wire instead of bale twine when hanging the bulb and reflector up, don't just rely on the light cord to do the job. It doesn't look pretty, but Olde Deere #1's philosophy of "why use a 2" nail when you have a 6" deck screw" applies here, lol.  Sorry about the rooster.


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Posted January 12, 2015 - 11:57 AM

lucky you, unlucky rooster, now your thoughts should turn to insurance if you don't have any, some policeys don't cover out buildings, others limit coverage, in this day and age it can cost 25k just for a small garage
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Posted January 12, 2015 - 12:14 PM

The rooster was due to pass on. He lost his crowing back in Sept and hasn't looked good since so I am not surprised he died. He was over 5 yrs old and had his share of getting kicked across the pen....I can only take getting spurs in the calf so many times :smilewink:

 

I had thought about insurance. It's still mom's place and I am not sure what hers covers. Had it burnt, I would've lost chickens, maybe the 2 goats, all my hay/straw, the Gravely, Troybilt, AC HB 212, couple lawn tractors, '64 Sears/DB 725 and the boys dirt bike along with many other things- lumber, tools, etc.


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Posted January 12, 2015 - 12:58 PM

Glad it wasn't any worse.  Defiantly secure the light in the future.  Also if on an extension make sure the extension can handle the load.


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Posted January 12, 2015 - 01:04 PM

Whew....that was a close one Marty!


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Posted January 12, 2015 - 04:45 PM

Glad that was the only loss...your rooster and PVC feeder.

 

What ever you use to heat the live-stock, do it safely!

 

Years ago a fellow had a 60 watt bulb on a 3/4" PVC water line stubbed up in an un-heated out-building.

We had a major water leak in town, and the water drained out of his PVC pipe. The bulb heated the empty PVC and softened it. When the water pressure was restored, the 3/4" line stretched to the size of a 4" pipe and was paper thin.....and then burst.


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Posted January 12, 2015 - 06:26 PM

Sorry about your bird Marty but sure glad you didn't make the local news.
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Posted January 12, 2015 - 07:02 PM

Marty, pictures like that make me sick to my stomach.  I've known too many guys loose barns over something like that. 

 

I'm glad you had Someone looking after you last night.  :thumbs:

 

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Posted January 12, 2015 - 08:05 PM

 

 

I'm glad you had Someone looking after you last night.  :thumbs:

 

 

 

Not just someone, The ONE!!!! 

 

He definitely protected us last night with that one. Had the light stayed tight up by the cord, it probably would have swung over and laid up against the wood pen, definitely would have caught fire. 


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Posted January 12, 2015 - 08:22 PM

Not just someone, The ONE!!!! 

 

He definitely protected us last night with that one. Had the light stayed tight up by the cord, it probably would have swung over and laid up against the wood pen, definitely would have caught fire. 

 

You got that right!  :thumbs:

 

Ben W.






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