The Dangers Of Heat Lamps

Kristi : I’ve enjoyed reading your newsletter and seeing the great stories, tips, and photos your readers share. I have a tragic story that I want to share with your readers in hopes that it doesn’t happen to anyone else. My husband and I live in a suburban neighborhood in Nebraska and wanted to raise chickens. We love animals (we have two cats and a dog) and the idea of humanely raising chickens for eggs appealed to us. We bought six wonderful little chicks. We enjoyed watching them roam in the backyard during the afternoons. After a couple of months, their feathers were in, and they were ready to live outside full-time in their coop. My husband had researched coop plans and built a lovely one. The first night our chickens spent outside was chilly, so we turned on the heat lamp for them. Somehow, in the middle of the night, the clamp came loose, and the lamp fell and started a coop fire, which spread to the house. Sadly, our girls didn’t make it.

heat lamp fire

Needless to say, we are devastated. We hope to someday try our hand at raising chickens again. If we do, we will definitely rig up a more secure hook for the heat lamp and perhaps use a lower wattage. Thanks again for letting me tell my story. Kristi Evans



  1. Jeri April 6, 2017 at 3:26 am

    For this very reason, we always secure lamps with chain that is securely fastened to the ceiling.

  2. Paul April 21, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Why use heat lamps? Dangerous as you have found out… could be alleviated by having well insulated coop in the first place. Super cold where you live. Then use SIP’s (Structurally Insulated Panels).

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