The number of people who choose to keep chickens on their property for meat or eggs is on the rapid rise even in urban locations.

In the UK, close to three quarters of a million people now own a chicken coop.  This is an increase of 80% in three years!

Lots of chicken keeping newbies, however, can lead to disaster if the wrong type of equipment is selected for the chicken coop.

The June/July 2012 issue of Backyard Poultry magazine, for instance, details the sad story of a woman who lost an entire flock of 19 chickens from teflon coated light bulbs installed in the coop which off gassed deadly fumes.

The bulbs in question were shatter resistant, GE Rough Service worklight bulbs coated with polytetrafluoroethylene, aka teflon.

When heated, the bulbs emit gas that is deadly to birds who are particularly sensitive to polluted air. There is currently no warning label on the fowl foul GE bulbs although other brands like Sylvania apparently do carry a warning.

So, backyard chicken keepers beware!  Do not use the shatter resistant bulbs coated with teflon in your chicken coops.  I would imagine the fumes would prove deadly to turkeys too.

Oh, and by the way, those teflon pans in your kitchen should go too.  If the fumes from heated teflon are so deadly to your poultry, they are no doubt unhealthy for you to be breathing too!


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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