Heat index of 110 tmorrow! Tips?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by vjbakke, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have set up an outside fan in the run last time it was in the 90's. Any other ways to keep the girls cool. It is also supposed to be very humid as well. Our coop is part insulated and stays cooler than outside. I have a water bottle in the freezer, should I place it on the ground where they like to lay? maybe blow the fan over the bottle or over some ice water?
     
  2. nurseshelly

    nurseshelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
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    Quote:We have been freezing a half a gallon of water in a cut in half milk jug. Then we take the ice out of the jug and let it melt. It takes a lot longer than you would think, and then they scratch around in the wet cold dirt and also lay in it. For some reason, mine are afraid of the jug if we freeze in a bottle or milk jug and put the whole thing out. They now have a mister too, which took about 3 days for them to get used to. We also spray them off with the hose if they look really hot, but now that they aren't afraid of the mister they have been getting themselves wet by standing under it until they're soaked, then they go and lay in the grass. It was 115 here yesterday and they did fine.
     
  3. KatieBugg

    KatieBugg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are going to have heat index of 105 tomorrow and 107 Friday which is VERY hot for us. Today I put up tarps for shade all over the run and put an exhaust fan in one of the windows, I also took some old milk jugs filled with water and put them in the freezer, and have grapes in the fridge for a cool treat. I hope everybody does ok, I have all heavies with the exception of 6 EE's and 2 banty cochins.
     
  4. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks! our run is half shaded almost all day so they have shade. I think I will freeze some more bottles of water. I will be home most of the day so I can keep an eye on them. They did alright when we had a couple of 90 degree days, some were panting, thats when I turned on a fan for them, it seemed to help.
     
  5. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Will be 112 here today 114 yesterday not sure what the heat index would be, just hotter.... Our birds have lots of shade, a fan in the hen house, and lots of water. Water gets very warm in a few hours after noon so we change it out with cooler water a couple times. They do fine other than laying hard boiled eggs [​IMG] and panting like a dog in the hottest part of the day, but it is their natural way of cooling [​IMG]
     
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  6. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours are turned out to range so they largely stay right around our back yard where it's shadiest. When I get home from work, I turn on the sprinkler and they run through it like little kids. If it's really going to be a scorcher, we leave the sprinkler on all day. (We are on water well, so no water bill)
     

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