100 degrees this weekend. How do I protect my chickens from this heat?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dbmkay, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. dbmkay

    dbmkay Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2010
    I live in Southern California and just bought four chickens. It's going to be in the 100's this weekend, as high as 106. How do I protect my chickens from dying? I have a pond that doesn't work, but I can run a hose to it and run water down the rocks into the pool portion of it. Do you think that would keep them cool? It isn't always shaded though and I would have to pretty much run the water all day. Any other ideas would be very much appreciated!
  2. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2010
    Oakland hills, CA
    Make sure they have shade, and lots of water available. You may want to put ice cubes in their water in the morning. I offer "cool" foods like watermelon, frozen peas, etc at intervals during the day. If you can do it safely, some people put fans out for the birds to get near.
  3. lovemelovemybirds

    lovemelovemybirds Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2010
    Grand Junction
    Yep!! Agreed...water. We keep a couple round horse feeders..ya know..the rubber flex ones? filled with water...they stand in them on hot days.

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