Long-time friend of Heedley’s Hens, Juliette of Les Farms of New Brunswick, Canada, suffered a devastating loss last night; she awoke to her barn completely ablaze, all the animals in it destroyed by fire.
This is loss on a scale that I can’t even comprehend, but my empathy has keep me in tears and nausea since I heard. Devastation like this might happen to any of us.
In Juliette’s own words:
My in laws started screaming our names at 1:30 “The barn is on fire!” We jumped out of bed and raced to see. The barn.. It was completely ablaze. Not even an ounce of wood not on fire. We lost 2 sheep, 4 turkeys, 100+ chickens, 6 ducks, 4 geese and our precious livestock guardian dog Clementine. Everything is gone. All of our love. All of our pets. I have never heard our farm so silent.
We happened to have 14 chicks in the basement that we had planned to move to the barn on Sunday but we were exhausted from building our breeding pens and put it off for another day. We have nothing to house them in. We are just heartbroken and lost. We have insurance on the barn itself, but not the animals. We had many, many breeds that are endangered. Now they are gone. I just can’t stop crying. It hurts to breathe.
The community on facebook has come together and started a donation fund for a temporary coop for our precious babies who are left without a home.. We have just spent everything we had on building the breeding pens and paying for all the feed a month in advance because of a huge snowstorm that happened this weekend – making it hard to get feed down to the barn. I just am at a loss. My babies.. My poor babies…
I have been crying and sick for her ever since hearing the news. Apparently, extension cords are suspected to have been the culprit:
I would love for you to explain to others how extension cords are such a high fire risk.. as well as dust.. dust + outlets is a very bad combo. I would have never known.
We have so many! I will be unplugging them all before going to bed tonight. If I can sleep at all.
Please go to her website’s homepage and donate, if you can. They can never replace their babies, but they can rebuild.