Knowing chickens have sensitive respiratory systems, I conducted some research back in July on the effects of wildfire smoke on chickens. I was prompted by a wildfire that broke out due to lightning near where I live.
The wildfire in July was about 25 miles ESE of where I live. The smoke, however, was stifling. Thankfully for us and our chickens, two rivers run between us and that fire. It was finally contained and burned out after almost three weeks.
Mid-August brought another wildfire up in Yosemite National Park. I live about 25 miles south of Yosemite. The smoke had been blowing toward Lake Tahoe until today. We woke up to what looked like overcast skies with an eerie yellow glow. This fire was also started by lightning.
|This photo belongs to Gardens & Chickens & Worms, Oh My!|
|This is August 31, 2013 Smoke from the Yosemite Rim Fire|