Keeping Your Chickens Cool In Summer

Here are some great tips on how to keep your chickens cool during the hot days of summer.
By AnimalGeek23 · Jun 28, 2018 · Updated Jul 2, 2018 · ·
  1. AnimalGeek23
    Keeping Your Chickens Cool In The Summer
    Keeping your chickens nice and cool in a hot summer can be a huge problem. I've seen so many threads here in BYC about how to keep your chickens cool. Here is the complete guide on how and what to do when your chickens get hot.

    Keep A Few Ice Cubes In Their Water
    Placing small amounts of ice in their water is a great idea to prevent the water from getting hot and disgusting. One good suggestion is to replace your waterer with dishes in the summer, so they could be easy to clean.

    Frozen Water Bottle
    Another suggestion I saw here on BYC is that you should freeze water in a water jug completely and place it in the coop run. Your chickens can lie down next to it to keep cool.

    Frozen Treats
    Who doesn't like a frozen treat on a hot day? However, you shouldn't feed your chickens ice cream. You can freeze fruits, like watermelon and bananas. You can also put chopped strawberries or other fruits and put them in ice cube makers. Pour water over the fruit and pop it in the freezer-- VOILA! You have yourself a chicken ice-pop! For further info, you can visit this link.

    Pool Time
    Another water idea is to fill up a baby pool with shallow water. Some chickens would love to go wading in a pool on a hot summer's day like us humans.

    Spritzing Water
    But... do your chickens hate water? If so, on every hot summer's day you should gently spritz a little amount of water in their coop and a bit on their feathers. It helps them cool off--another solution if they hate getting into water.

    Have Shade
    Of course, a run without shade will cause heat. If you don't have a small tree or any other shade in your run, you can place umbrellas or parasols on either side of the run--a suggestion found on Google.

    All of these are great ideas to prevent your chickens from heat stroke. So, there you go! How to keep a chicken cool and happy during the summer!


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    I'm all about animals! I'm living with 2 turtles in NYS and a future flock of 3. :)
    Though I don’t have chickens yet, I love studying poultry so I’m pretty knowledgeable on them. Please PM for any questions are suggestions!!

Recent User Reviews

  1. littlebarngirl
    "Keep it Cool!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed May 16, 2019
    Great article! So important to keep chickens cool and hydrated in the summer time.
  2. CaramelKittey
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed May 13, 2019
    These ideas are great to use for chickens! I love the frozen ice pops for chickens! I’ll have to try it with blueberries! My birds love them! Shade and fresh water is the most important thing for birds! Ice cubes is clever!
  3. TheBantyShanty
    "Good Ideas To Keep Them Cool!"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed May 8, 2019
    These are good, simple ways to cool chickens! Although some of these may not work too well when it gets REALLY hot, they are good ideas to keep them cool, or to at least help keep them cool!

    A few other things you can do is to put electrolytes in their water so they don't get dehydrated and it helps them stay more hydrated. And also freezing tiles as well. The tiles may get dirty, but they do help keep them cool. Once the tile thaws out, you can stick it back in the freezer!
    Overall, a very good and helpful article! :thumbsup


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  1. BReeder!
    We decided to just freeze watermelon. It's cheap right now and is easy. cut it into 8 wedge slices and pop them in a grocery bag in the freezer. On hot days just set a frozen wedge out there. Our hens love it and eat it down to the rind.
  2. AnimalGeek23
    Gee, thanks for all the great comments/reviews! Really happy that I’m able to help people, it made me feel appreciated!:)
    I can’t believe this article is featured and just wanted to say Thank You and Glad I Can Help to every one of your reviews! :wee
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