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The Funny Farm: How Many People Does It Take To Install A Heat Lamp In A Facebook Chicken Group?

This week’s posts seem to be have involved a bit of much deserved Facebook bashing: first the post about Online Chicken Groups: When Facts Don’t Matter and now this tongue-in-cheek observation illustrating how chicken keepers aren’t one big happy family, thanks to guest contributor, Carol Nall.


1 to install the heat lamp and to post that the heat lamp has been installed

14 to share similar experiences of installing light bulbs and how the heat lamp could have been installed differently

7 to caution about the dangers of using heat lamps

6 to argue over whether it’s ‘heat lamp’ or ‘heatlamp’

Another 6 to condemn those 6 as stupid

2 industry professionals to inform the group of the proper use of lighting for egg production

15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry and that chickens should rest in the dark all winter

19 to post that this page is not about heat lamps and to please take this discussion to a light bulb page

11 to defend the posting to this page saying that we all use light bulbs in our homes and therefore the posts are relevant here

36 to debate which method of housing chickens is superior, where to buy the best heat lamps, which brand works best and which brands are faulty

5 people to post photos of coops on fire

5 people to post photos of themselves sitting in front of the fireplace with a good book and their lap chicken

7 to post websites where one can see examples of different heat lamps

19 to post websites where one can see examples of different breeds of cold tolerant chickens

4 to post that the websites were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URLs

13 to comment “Me too”

15 people to post “I can’t see SQUAT!” at night and use a flashlight to run out to the coop, remembering they didn’t close the door

4 to post photos of their birds injured by heat lamps

5 to post to the page that they are leaving the group because they cannot handle the chicken keeping DRAMA

4 to say “Didn’t we go through this already a short time ago?”

13 to say “Do a search on heat lamps before posting questions about heat lamps”

1 to bring politics into the discussion by adding that (insert choice of politician’s name) isn’t the brightest bulb

4 more to get into personal attacks over their political views

1 Admin to ban the heat lamp posters for inserting political discussion and close the thread for further comments


Many thanks to Carol Nall, for her humorous, and sadly, pointed observations about how Facebook groups often operate.

Photo credits: Longmount Times-Call; WYTV; Nicole Mia; iStock; Amber Zatek.

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