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Teflon is Toxic to Chickens

from the Healthy Chickens Bulletin.

WARNING: Teflon Coated Light Bulbs Toxic to Chickens

     I live in New Hampshire and keep a small flock of chickens, and have done so since 1980.

On February 6, 2011, GE's light bulb Rough Service Worklight 100 killed my flock. It has a Teflon coating. Teflon is toxic to birds.

The University of NH Extension Service veterinarian, Dr. Inga Sidor, did an electron microscopy of lung tissue from the sample four birds I gave her, to show they were gassed to death. She called them all "otherwise healthy."

I never had birds die before en masse.GE's insurance company paid me $780 to cover the cost of the vet's testing and also for some of my birds. But what I want and need them to do is to label their bulb. I did find that Sylvania with a similar Teflon-coated bulb labels theirs.

I want to be sure other chicken owners will know not to use GE's Rough Service Worklight (some are 100 watt bulbs, but 75 watt bulbs also exist) with birds.

The idea of a bulb that won't shatter when it falls was very appealing; but this GE bulb is a killer, and they are not moving to label it according to any communications I can find.

-Lynn R. Chong

New Hampshire

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