WARNING: Graphic Photos of the Fire’s Survivors

I just received these photos from one of the folks I profiled in my series ‘Having Chickens Is A Great Way To Meet Your Neighbours’. They had a fire last weekend in which they lost four birds, two coops and two outbuildings.

Frankly, their chickens look like they’ve been roasted alive, which they have been! I’m not sure what shape they’re in or if they will survive. I’ve asked if they need help housing or caring for them since they no longer have any coops.

Three of their birds came from me: an Appenzeller Spitzhauben x Easter Egger rooster, an Appenzeller Spitzhauben hen and an Easter Egger hen. Sadly, they were all killed in the fire.

I’m not sure what the cause of the fire was, but this is a reminder to be careful with heat lamps and combustible bedding in your coop. Fires happen so quickly and can have devastating results.


This is the second time in less than two months that my birds have been involved in coop fires.

A Gabriolan, whose parents were visiting here a couple of years ago from their farm outside Calgary wanted a cool looking rooster. Naturally he thought of me. I didn’t have one to spare, but I always try to find homes for extra boys.

One of my hatching egg customers, Shirley, had some cockerels that she was trying to re-home. I hooked them up together, and two of my cockerels, along with a goat, were packed up in dog crates in the back of a pick-up for the trek back to Alberta. Sadly, one of the cockerels was killed by an owl, but the other, Gabe, has been doing well.

They recently had a coop fire which probably ignited in the adjoining greenhouse and ended up destroying both buildings. I’m pleased to report that Gabe and his girls all made it out safe and sound.

They attribute the snowfall earlier that week to have had a dampening effect on the fire. I’m sure the birds weren’t happy standing out in the snow waiting for the fire crew to rescue them. They’re being temporarily housed with neighbours while a new coop is built.


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