Upper Peninsula Chickens Short Out 100 Watt Incandescent Bulbs

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Burnt Light Socket with broken Incandescent Bulb

I smile watching Chickens.  It is hilarious as they move around the pen as they sneak outside and chase the closest bug.

I love those fresh brown eggs they lay and reluctantly surrender everyday to my probing hand under them.1  Fried, the robust yellow yokes taste twice as good as grocery store’s white eggs.

One of the oddities of a flock of chickens is the dust they create in the coop. Watching these birds peck, scratch, and shuffle — raising a cloud of dust — always brings a smile to my face.

Burnt Light Sockets with broken Incadescant Bulb

This spring, while collecting eggs during a snow melt, a light bulb exploded inside the coop . The bulb blew apart leaving it hanging from the filaments. I removed it and and screwed in a new bulb. The next day while collecting more brown eggs, the new replacement bulb blew.

Trying to figure out what as going on with all the blown up bulbs, I removed the light fixture from the ceiling. On the backside, I found a quarter inch of chicken dust, I labeled “Coop Crapp”.

I asked is the Coop Crapp really conductive enough to fry a circuit?

Did electricity really travel across the dusty Coop Crapp and blow two bulbs?

I know brown eggs electrify my taste buds,  but really?  Hmm…apparently a quarter inch of chicken dust, alias Coop Crapp, conducts enough electricity to blow a bulb.  Who knew?

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