Do you help your birds keep cool?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ra_, May 22, 2019.

  1. Ra_

    Ra_ Songster

    Jan 25, 2010
    North Central Florida
    My bigger birds learned about the delights of wading in water to cool off but my younger birds are staying under the low, bushy palms when temps hit 95 degrees.

    I just ordered this mister and I'm going to set it up over that palm.
    Have you tried a mister or do you have any other techniques for keeping your birds cool?
  2. Roo5

    Roo5 Songster

    Feb 17, 2019
    Just provide shade and cool water,not much is needed,I’ve never had birds die in the middle of the heat,ever.Only a few in the coop and I think that was from us not having a fan at that time, and that was at the beginning of our chicken adventure.
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  3. Lady Who

    Lady Who Songster

    Feb 12, 2015
    Dawsonville GA
    I just have a outdoor fan(not a big one) I point it at where they sit most. If it over a a set degree then I will get a frozen water bottle and put it in front of the fan to make it cooler.

    If you have a large run or a grass run then you can spray the grass/dirt with water. I normally throw a treat after to make them walk in it.

    Lots of water, I have 2 dishes of water in different places so they can drink, also my hens love to put her foot in it if it’s hot. sometimes I put cut up mint or thyme in one (it does really cool them but they love the flavor and to peck at them)

    Edit: my chickens didn’t care for the mister they would move away from it and my wind here must be stronger because the mist just flew off
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  4. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Here in Alberta we never get too hot but when we do I hose down under the lilac bush and the park bench too. I will give them frozen watermelon in a frozen margarine container for their picking delight. I have lots of shaded areas for them too.
  5. AltonaAcres

    AltonaAcres Songster

    Jan 13, 2019
    Have lots of watering stations around your chicken yard, adequate shade, and you should be fine. My birds never seem to mind the heat!
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Not sure a mister will help in steamy FL.

    Deep all day shade is best, I do't have that, 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.
    BIG(9x14x2") chunks of ice last all day for wading, sitting, and sipping.

    Make room in your freezer!
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  7. Ra_

    Ra_ Songster

    Jan 25, 2010
    North Central Florida
    They say that misters can drop temps as much as 30 degrees in ideal conditions.
    Hopefully the humidity here won't totally negate the effect.
    A lot of my birds already lounge under this palm/bush.
    If I can drop the temp from 95 to 85, we'll be happy.
    I will install the mister as soon as it arrives and see if it helps.

    The birds free-range and have lots of shade to choose from.
    I'm now nurturing a group of Cherry Laurel trees that popped up two years ago.
    They're now 6'-8' tall and bushy. They are overlapping each other and providing great protection from both sun and hawks.
    They are one of the rare plants that flourish in this freaky soil.
  8. Lady Who

    Lady Who Songster

    Feb 12, 2015
    Dawsonville GA
    I think @aart idea would work too with the ice block, I know some people use cinderblock slaps. I never tried it
  9. getaclue

    getaclue Crossing the Road

    Jun 19, 2013
    Central Florida
    I have fans in my coops, and the temps are not too bad most of the time. On those days that it's plain out excruciatingly hot, I put ice cubes in the water buckets. I also freeze water in gallon jugs then punch holes on one side, make a wet spot in most shaded part of the run, then the jugs down on the ground with the holes down. As the ice melts, it makes a nice cold wet spot for them. It takes awhile for the ice to melt that way too, so it lasts quite awhile. I also mist the chickens down with the hose. They don't like being sprayed, but they like being misted.
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  10. SW31

    SW31 Songster

    I let them out when I’m there and they always congregate under our table that’s on a shaded terrace. The floor tiles never get hot so it cools them down.
    We’ve now installed a second hose just to clear up all their mess on our terrace!
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