90 Degrees - WI Summer

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jadecinadr96, Jul 12, 2019 at 10:15 AM.

  1. Jadecinadr96

    Jadecinadr96 Songster

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    Hi there, I live in WI and our summers can get super hot. Next week it going to be HUMID and 90 all week. I plan to put fruit and veggies in ice cubes so that the chickens have lots of ice to peck on all day, however being that hot it will melt........ so I plan to put a kitty pool in the outdoor run with minimum water in case they wanna cool off - but any suggestions on how to keep them cool other than what I plan to do??? Their coop floor is concrete so I assume they could go in there for some shade and lay on the concerte but still???
     
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    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    The best thing is deep shade on damp ground but if you don't have that...
    I use large plastic cereal containers and freeze big chunks of ice in them. I pop them out into a shallow plastic pan weighed down with bricks and allow that to melt. As it does, the chickens sip the cold water and wade in it too. I will be adding a floor fan to the run to blow across the birds. I will secure it in such a way that the chickens can't get too close to it.
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    Twice a week, offer a second waterer with electrolytes in it. Always offer fresh, clean, cool water too.
    Giving them frozen fruit to eat is good during the high heat of the day. I do this as soon as I get home. We have crested 90 several days now and my birds are doing great.
    They also have a cheapo 20" box fan blowing across most of the roosting space at night.
     
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    perfect, thank you!!!!!!
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Is that the plastic bag inside the cereal box?

    We're getting the same here, am dreading it...the last 2 days were delightful at about 75-80.

    I'd nix the 'frozen foods'.
    This is what I've found works best.
    Deep all day shade is best but....
    I give a dose of Sav-a-Chick electrolytes/vitamins about once a week during heat waves. It really seems to help....started this after they saved a heat stroked hen once.
    Can mix up a smaller amount, just wrap the packet tight and store in a dry cool place. Always have plain water available too.
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    BIG(9x14x2") chunks of ice last all day for wading, sitting, and sipping.
    Much more useful to the chickens than frozen foods and treats.
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    Make space in your freezer!
    I use a big tote and only fill partway, pretty easy to move from sink to freezer.
    Some folks use cake pans(where I got the idea originally)
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    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    :lol: No!
    It's this.
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    I'm in Ohio and have the same summers here. I just make sure they have fresh water all day and in my run there is always a shady spot no matter where the sun is. They dig holes in the moist dirt to lay in and fair pretty well.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I knew the bag probably wasn't correct....so ....ah, now I see!
    Hmmm, got me thinking about different containers that are easier to handle and waste less space in freezer, but still have the capacity to make a long lasting ice chunk.
     
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    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    I bought them as a three pack and tossed the lids. I always have 2 in the chest freezer I keep my dog food in down in the basement. In the morning I fill up the empty and carry it down and swap out for the frozen container that has been in there the longest as it takes a while for the entire thing to freeze.
    I leave the frozen container upside down in the sink while I get ready for work. Pop it into the tub before I leave. There is always ice left when I get home from work.
    I have cameras set up in the coop, run and pen so I see them wading in it and sipping it during the day.
     
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