Originally Posted by Speed
These past few days have been HOT HOT HOT. I went out to the coop to do a cleaning Sunday, it was 88F and figured the coop would smell a little with the heat. It didn't really smell. I went out and cleaned it today anyway, just have the thought that if it's clean the chickens are happy. What is everyone doing to help their coops stay cooler? I was thinking about making a screen door out of 2X2's and hardware cloth. I'm going to attempt it this week maybe. I'll probably make it to fit inside the existing door opening. Maybe put it in place and drill a few holes through the frame and door jam and use pins to hold it in place. Doing it this way I will still be able to close the regular door when needed. Hoping to get working on it tomorrow. Wish me luck. LOL
Sounds like you have the right idea. We have a chick wire "porch" entryway and in the summer I take the window (plexiglass) off then use 1/2" hardware cloth on the inner door that is to the hall where there is a screen door that leads back out to the "porch". With a small fan in the front of the coop by one window it circulates the air. I find that I have to clean the coop more often from the musty, mold smell that comes from the humidity and the droppings.
We have 5 lb 6 week old broilers that I'm concerned over, especially with this heat that we are in for Thurs & Fri. What I've started doing is placing water in (empty) kitty liter "jugs", one at a time, 1/2 full, let them freeze and then we'll place the jugs a couple at a time in their pen with fans removing the heat.
As for my layers, I turn them out, that way they can go out under the brush and stay cool near the dirt. I'm home days so I change their water several times a day, but I bet a ice block wouldn't hurt their water either.
Hope everyone's birds do great in this heat, and you too!!!