Due to the upcoming eclipse, we've been buying eclipse glasses and searching up tips, but what about our chickens? Chickens can become disoriented and go into a drunk- like state during the eclipse due to the sudden, abnormal darkness, which can be dangerous. Here are tips for helping them through it!
IMPORTANT- LOCK ALL CHICKENS IN THE COOP DURING THE ECLIPSE SO THEY DO NOT HURT THEMSELVES OR LOOK AT THE SUN
1. Lower roosts
Due to the drunk-like state, chickens can fall off roosts, so lower them to no more than a foot above the coop floor. If you have any chickens under 18 weeks old, remove roosts.
2. Add extra shavings
Have at least 6" of shavings on the coop floor in case your chickens fall.
3. Mamas and chicks
For mothers with chicks under 6 weeks old, wall off a nesting box with 1/4" hardware cloth and place mama and babies inside. Release them after the eclipse passes.
4. Brooder safety
For chicks in brooders, remove everything in the brooder except food and water. Add at least 6" of shavings and allow chicks to burrow under them.
5. Cover windows
Chickens don't know better not to look at the sun, so cover the coop windows. Remember to lock them in the coop!
Comment any more tips or input below! Are you watching the eclipse?