114 today and we put up a window unit - Chickens wont go in

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dbounds10, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    So its currently 114 outside. My girls are panting up a storm and are laying next to the kiddie pool I put in there yesterday. They drink from it but wont go in..bummer. So we put an old window unit on a stand in front of one of their windows. Its nice and cool in the coop but they wont go in even with spinach, their favorite treat. I picked them up and put them in and they ran right back out. Could it be they are scared of the noise or that its now TOO cool inside?

    I plan to turn it off at night and just use the fan but during this unbearable Texas heat wave I thought they would enjoy a cool place to go in for a few minutes to cool off. Granted it has only been up for about 5 minutes but I thought I would get some feedback from the experts. The coop is only 6x4 so i would guess its around 75 degrees inside. I closed all the other windows and just the pop door is open. If you think maybe thats too cold I would open some of the other windows.

    Thoughts please?
  2. lilhens

    lilhens Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 1, 2011
    Try turning it off for a while and see their reaction, they are probably just being chicken and are unsure of what to think of it. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    Yep, they are afraid of it. Chickens are very wary of anything new, strange, unknowing.
    If I went to all that trouble I put them in there and shut the door so they couldn't get out. They will get use to it over time.

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