Les Farms

All Gone

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Well in case you missed it… 

Now I know everyone thinks that it won’t happen to you. I was like that as well. Yeah fires happen, but not to me. 

 

My ignorance was quickly shattered this Monday when we awoke to our barn in full flames. Nothing at all could be done. We lost everything: Two sheep, Four turkeys, Six Ducks, Four Geese, Roughly 100 breeding chickens, 20 chicks and our Livestock Guardian Dog, Clementine. 

 

This isn’t a thread trying to get your condolences, though I really appreciate it. I am heartbroken, yes. They were my passion. My dream. 

 

This thread is designed to make you think twice about what you do in your own barn/coop, and to open your eyes to the risks in things you may not even consider a fire risk.

 

  • The obvious – make sure if you have chicks in the barn/coop that you have your heat lamp SECURED. Do not trust the clamps. They can slip off easily and the heat lamp can fall to the ground and catch the shavings on fire.
  • Extension Cords – Please, please do not use these if you can help it. If you do have to use them, Make sure you are not drawing a lot of power from them (IE: Don’t attach an extension cord to a power block and plug a lot into them). 
  • DUST your lights and outlets regularly. Dust is a big issue.. You know how much dust a couple of chickens can create.. If dust builds up on heat lamps, or even regular light bulbs the dust itself can catch on fire.
  • If you use extension cords, use heavy duty, and only ones meant for outdoors. Make sure they are all intact and have no rips or tears in the coating.
  • Another extension cord tip: Do not staple them into the wall to keep out of reach of birds. If you hit the cord itself it can create an issue
  • Store baled hay AWAY from livestock. Hay/bedding storage should not be near lights, fans, electrical boxes, heaters or outlets.
  • Flammable substances should be kept away from the barn. (We had 5 propane tanks stored in the loft. BAD idea.
  • Improperly utilized heat lamps are a major source of barn fires. They are often placed too close to hay and bedding which may ignite quite easily from the heat. Never use extension cords with heat lamps. 
  • When storing newly baled hay, the temperature should be monitored. Adequate ventilation should be provided for additional drying of the hay. If too much heat builds up, spontaneous combustion can occur. (Never purchase hay that is hot –  because it can mean that it was baled too wet. In addition to being a fire hazard, the hay may turn moldy, making it unpalatable and unhealthy for horses to eat.)
  • Outlets and switch boxes should be made of metal and have dust- and water-tight spring-loaded covers that close when released. Ground fault receptacles should be utilized for all outlets.

 

  • Quote:
    Originally Posted by cyw iar View Post
    •  If I may, I’d like to also recommend that electrical wiring in barns be enclosed in conduit, and all permanent light fixtures be in cages, especially where the larger livestock might potentially break the bulbs by rearing or rough-housing.
    • And if you can, store hay and bedding in a separate building at least 30 feet away from your barns and house.
     

 

 

We went from this….

 

 

To this…

 

Fire can be prevented. Please be aware, and pass the message along.

 

If I can save any of you from the anguish I feel – I have served my purpose.

 

We are rebuilding.. I can’t stop living my dream… Despite the tragedy, I will move on. None of the animals will ever be forgotten. Please follow us on Facebook for any more info: https://www.facebook.com/LesFarmsCanada

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5 thoughts on “All Gone

  1. This just makes me sick. I am so sorry this happened. I am going out right now to check everything in my garage and coop. You’ll certainly be in my thoughts and prayers. We never forget the animals we lose.

    • I didn’t think to post it here until now. Today is day 8 after the fire. Thank you for your condolences, and I’m so glad you will check into things.

  2. My heart goes out to you and Susan. I am so very sorry that this happened. I know how much they meant to you, and it hurts me, too, to know that they’re gone. I look forward to the remaking of the ever glorious Les Farms, and that is just another reason why I’m following you’re blog.

    Hugs to you and Susan. Just hang in there, I know that everything is going to be as good or better. Just you wait and see. 🙂 *Hug*

    -Hannah.

  3. I have no words to say, just tears for you. I lost a home to fire as a child. I know the smell of burning possessions, lifetime of memories, a mile away. I am so sad for you and your family. The loss of your farm animals and beautiful dog, just awful. Hugs for you. May your beautiful photos bring you comfort and may your new barn be strong and safe. And thank you for sharing your pain with us. Sometimes a slap in the face reminder like yours is what I need to remember that this can happen to me too! Hugs!!

  4. OMG I am so sorry for your losses. I know how much you loved your animals. What a difficult and heart wrenching thing to go through. When it’s time and you’re ready to rebuild and restart a flock let me know, I’d be happy to send you a gift hatching eggs to get you started.

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