chickens in the desert

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hst8, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. hst8

    hst8 Just Hatched

    May 10, 2013

    We have been raising chickens for 8 years in Phoenix and as you know it can get HOT in the summer. We do a lot of things to help keep the girls cool, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on a way to insulate a short piece of hose to help keep the water cooler? We ran a pipe underground to attaching the watering dish and hose and I want to put a second waterer up now that we have more chickens. This will require running a short hose from the source. I had originally wrapped the hose in a pool noodle but the crazy chickens pecked that all off. Any one else have any luck?

  2. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 18, 2017
    My suggestion would be to circulate water through the waterer with a pipe going to each end, and the water runs through a mini refrigerator. Okay, not very easy. [​IMG]

    My other idea would be to do the pool noodle again, and then use spare rubber from a tire tube to wrap around the noodle. Very flexible, and will not break from chickens pecking the rubber.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
  4. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

    Mar 3, 2011
    The Land of Enchantment
    Do the pool noodle again and cover the section with some pvc drain pipe.

    Good luck!

    I also have a soaker hose running through part of my covered run that comes on when I water my comfrey. The chickens lay in the damp dirt to help cool off. Desert living has its challenges!
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under hst8 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some good advice and links to some good starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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