Hi everyone! I was wondering if the more experienced chicken lovers could lend me a hand with tips/ideas, etc about keeping our Coop/Run cool in summer. We have had chickens since Jan. They were 6 - 10 weeks old back then and I kept them inside until the hot spell was over. We live in suburban Adelaide, South Australia. The driest continent in the world. Last Jan in our heat-wave time - we saw temperatures of over 42 degrees Celsius (that's 107.6 Fahrenheit) for 9 days straight - the hottest day was 45.7 (114.26 F) . And it's ramping up to be much the same this coming Jan. So in preparation for summer I'm looking for tips on how to keep our 4 beautiful laying hens cool. We have a Coop/Run down the back of our garden - it is fully enclosed due to the amount of cats in our area and our 2 dogs (who would like Chicken for dinner). It's made entirely from recycled/re-purposed materials - we didn't spend any money building it. Here - This shows how it is full enclosed with chicken wire and shade cloth. The shade cloth is 90% sun block-out. The black canvas we have just put back up this week to keep them cooler - it just clips over the chicken wire there. They love to dig and dust bathe down there - very cool soil. Here's the Coop from the run. We have shade cloth on the front wall to keep the air circulating better. Excuse the dirt-covered GIANT red-headed 'toddler-chicken' (he had a hose-down when we left) . And yes, he has jocks on. And here's the run. It's bigger than it appears - just hard to get a good photo angle with the veggie patch in the way and my GIANT 34 week pregnant belly. As you can see there is alot of surrounding metal, which isn't ideal. The left-hand side strip is the back fence (so cannot be modified much as we share it with the back neighbours) and the right-hand side is our shed. Last Summer we did alot of spraying the run down with the hose (on 'mist'). I could possibly look at wetting old sheets and attaching them somehow? It's much cooler down under the canvas, but really needs the open section of chicken wire for circulation. Does anyone have any tips, tricks, ideas, etc for keeping our lovely ladies cool? Thanks heaps!