First Hot Spell for my Delightful Dozen - Advice?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Linda in San Diego, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The temperature outside, in the shade is at least 100 and there is very little air movement. The 10 week old hens are in a shaded run but they are just laying around in the shade with their beaks open.

    I have placed a shallow pan of water in the run and moistened some of the soil in another area.

    What more can I do?
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is it possible to provide a fan near the run?

    Increased shade?

    Lawn sprinkler that shoots into a quarter of the run so the birds can decide whether to use it?

    Ice for the water?
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Freeze a couple of two liter soda bottles or gallon milk jugs filled with water. Put them in their pen or coop. They'll lay next to them and even dig in the dirt surrounding them to cool off.
     
  4. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I increased the shade and a slight breeze can be felt. It is a dry heat which is good.
     

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