Hey!!!! This is a GREAT idea!!!
Can I join in on the heat index moaning and groaning? I have to thank heaven that I live in the mountains now and can survive this heat with window fans- it manages to cool down at night and we even sleep with covers on. I don't want to get AC if I don't have to. But if the weather patterns are changing, and we are in for cold snowy winters and hot muggy summers, we may have to make a few changes here.
The birds are OK- the Dels take it better than the Orps, and the little baby chicks love it. I shaded almost their whole run with a big tarp, and they can spend all day running around and don't have to snuggy up to mama Harriet at all. Once in a while I get a day like today- 6 eggs out of 11 layers- but yesterday was better than normal- 10 eggs. Usually I get 8 or 9. I haven't noticed a size difference.
My new coop (my Craigslist score) is in place, I need to put the run around it, replace the wire in the windows with hardware cloth, and clean and paint it. The 4 x 8 that I am building is almost done- have to put the pop door on, door handles and paint the nest box and the drop down cover for the big screen window. I am just tired of it right now, and taking a break this week. My DH has been very patient about the sketchy housework while I have been obsessed with coop building, so I need to dust in the corners and stuff!
Gloria Jean, I hope you get a good hatch from your broody- I am so sorry I still don't have a way to tell which Del eggs of mine will be Luke's!
Scott- that is a real find! Congratulations!