My neighbours have gone to visit relatives, they asked me to take care of the chickens (open the coop, stock food and fresh water, close the coop at night) while they are gone. No biggie... How hard could that be...
The first night I go over there, there was smoke coming from the top of the coop. The heat light for the chicks fell down into the bedding and the bedding was smouldering. I removed the cardboard box that acted as a small shelter, and it burst into flames once it got moving air on it. The chick box is charred on the floor and the coop smells of smoke. but the coop is still good and all the chickens are safe and sound.
I brought the 4 chicks to my house to stay warm, it's fun listening to them peeping and rustling around.
Even with no lights on (they are letting the chickens moult this winter), I am collecting 5+ eggs a day from the 20+ chickens. Omelets anyone?