Just curious as to what kind of watering system y'all may use since it's unbelievably hot in AZ all summer. Not to mention monsoon and haboob winds that could really muck things up. It's my first time with chickens and I want to be prepared since they will be moving outside soon. Do you provide any water inside the coop? I just want to make sure they get what they need. They've been raised pretty unconventionally in a guest bedroom so I worry about the shock to their system. I know I am probably overthinking it all but I'd just prefer for them not to die, lol. I've been looking at the 'ol 5 gallon hanging bucket with nipples underneath. But I only have 3 chickens. Is that overkill? Then I start thinking about stale water that's hot because let's face it, nothing stays "cool" outside in Phoenix for the next 4-5 months. Also, any advice or recommendations for controlling or killing flies? Thanks in advance!
The bucket would work too......just put frozen bottles in the water to keep it cool. I have around 25-28 chickens right now and I personally prefer to just use pans of water so they can stand in them. I get the oil pans at Walmart - cheap and they do the trick and it they break in three years its okay. I do have one of the rubber ones. Not my favorite. I still put a frozen bottle on the outside of the pan in the big heat. All seem happy with them especially when they are cooling their feet!