Safety Tips for Raising Chickens

Raising chickens as a hobby is popular. Hobby farmers enjoy raising hens as pets or livestock. Protect people, property, and your flock from the tragedy of fire.


  • Make sure that heat lamps are properly secured. This will keep them from being knocked over.
  • Keep heat lamps away from anything that can burn.
  • Keep space heaters away from anything that can burn.
  • Place space heaters on a sturdy surface so they won’t be knocked over.
  • Brush cobwebs and dust from light fixtures and outlets. Do this regularly.
  • Choose light bulbs that have covers. This will protect them from dirt, moisture, and breaking.
  • Do not use extension cords in the coop.
  • Choose electrical equipment for agricultural or commercial use.
  • Be careful with electrically heated poultry waterers. Make sure the cord and plug are properly grounded.
  • Check all wiring for damage.
  • Have electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  • Choose outlets and switch boxes designed to keep out dust and water.

Safe Hay and Bedding Storage

Store baled hay away from livestock. Hay and bedding storage should not be near anything that can burn. Check with your community for safety rules on animal housing facilities. Talk to your local fire department for any fire concerns.

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