Australorps (or other dark breed chickens) hot in sun in even cool weather?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by amama, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. amama

    amama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2016
    Midwest US
    We got 15 Australorps a few weeks ago, and I've noticed that most of the time they choose to hang out together underneath the coop (where it's shady) which is about 64 sq ft. They have an attached run that adds another 150-200 sq ft but they are usually under the coop. It hasn't really warmed up here yet, the warmest was about 68 degrees one day, but most days are 60 or less and have a nice breeze.

    They aren't necessarily huddled together, some are, but others are just hanging out, scratching, etc.

    Do you think they are under the coop because they are hot? I'm just wanting to plan ahead more for summer if they are already hot in this weather? It gets pretty hot and humid here, and I'm planning on covering the run with a tarp for shade, but maybe that won't be enough?

  2. 11ChickenGirl11

    11ChickenGirl11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2015
    Northeast USA
    I think they would be fine. My two Austrlorps were acting pretty normal last summer. As long as if you give them enough water, they will be ok.
    You could even put a small $1 fan of some sort in the coop during summer if you wanted to.
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    They probably just feel safer under the coop rather than out in the open. They will eventually venture out.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2016
  4. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    I remember reading (when I was researching breeds to get) that even though BAs have black feathers, they tolerate summers just fine. That and the tidbit that they tended to keep laying through the winter were marks in their favor.

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