Cooling in HOT weather?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by somissemilyy, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. somissemilyy

    somissemilyy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Coldwater, MS
    Are chickens scared of something loud like a box fan or something like that in their pen? They still have free range, but when they come in to eat, drink, or go in coop to lay. Please I would love some advice! 98° tomorrow!
  2. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    We have had a box fan in the window of the coop pretty much since they have been in there. They do not jump up onto the roost that is in front of the fan although they could. Since your chickens have never seen one they might be alittle scared of it at first but I don't think it will worry them too much. I would start it on low. I am also putting frozen milk jugs of water in the coop for them to lay next to and give them cold watermelon for a treat. Ours are still in the coop as the run is not done yet. It's been three weeks now. We are leaving for 5 days tomorrow and I am worried about them but you can only do what you can do. As yours are outside most of the time I think they'll be fine. Good luck!
  3. Jeeper1540

    Jeeper1540 Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. Captain Chaos

    Captain Chaos New Egg

    May 7, 2010
    Central KY
    I have a $14 box fan in mine. Keeps the temp a lot cooler inside, and it does not annoy them at all.
  5. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2010
    Mountains of NC
    We use a small fan that runs off electricity and batteries (when it's raining). Doesn't bother the chickens at all. Yesterday, I dropped a frozen water bottle down in the waterer and it really helped to keep the water cool.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2010
  6. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    I have big fans hanging I picked up from sams they are fine my chickens dont care at all..I think they are much happy with them on yesterday was 100..And they are much loader then a box fan soo you should be fine [​IMG]
  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I also use large fan's in my coop, I have several all placed in strategic locations and they do just fine with them no problems, although I wouldn't recommend a fan for those with those small little barbie doll house coops or small ones where you can't walk into them. One thing I would discourage is any kind of auto misters, I know some folks will screech over this but I am not a fan of misters. They put alot of moisture into the air that causes more problems than they solve and the higher humidity levels as everybody knows can stress animals just as fast as humans. It can mold feed and moisten the bedding which will harbor fly larve & bacteria, Just get them some shade and plenty of water and they will be just fine, and I know because here in Oklahoma (the armpit of the weather community) the heat levels are so hot for so long that I need to take a vacation to H3ll because it's cooler there LOL.

  8. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    al6517, I have to totally agree with you. Dumping more moisture into already saturated air just makes it worse. Sure it may feel good for the first second or two, but after that it's just miserable. They probably do work great in dry climates though.
  9. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    We use a box fan in our coop as well. No problems and the chickens seem to like it. [​IMG]
  10. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Quote:I know some folks who were a little desperate to get some relief to their chickens and added misters, then their problems really began and never stopped until they discontinued the use of their misters. Their birds were coming down with respitory problems along with a miriad of other health issues all the while I was telling them get rid of those da# misters but they were hard headed and as many on here are when it comes to what feels good to humans must feel good for their chickens, until they are counting their losses. I just don't want to see others make that same choice but alas their will be many many more losses attributed to the mister than the heat will ever do.


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