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Tips for keeping nest boxes cool

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Any tips on keeping nest boxes cool? I have a RIR hen today, that was panting like crazy while waiting to lay (she's a small bird, and it seems like she usually takes longer than the others). I poured some coolish water on her back, which she seem to like at first, but then she got up and scolded me. I don't think I want to try that again, because it seems to stress her a little.

 
 
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Sometimes the act of laying is painful, especially on young layers, she's not hot, she's stressed.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

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Good point.  I suspect it may have been a touch of both.  She does seem to take longer laying, and her eggs tend to come out elongated.  Also, our temperature is supposed to be up in the 90s today.

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She's getting double wammied, you could try a fan blowing the nest direction, not sure if they would find it a disruption. I'd rather deal with our cold winters, than deal with hot summers, which can be deadly.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

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I've taken to cracking open the egg collection door a tad about an inch, have a secondary screw to catch the latch, not sure if it helps much.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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