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High Heat Index...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DWilkins, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. DWilkins

    DWilkins Songster

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    For the next couple of days here in Iowa ,the heat index could be as high as 106. I currently have three silkie hens.Little concerned about the heat. Would it be better to leave them outside ( as they have the ability to free range) or bring them in the house with the central air? Is it more of a shock to them expose them to the temperature change or leave them outside and put a fan in the coop? This is what the coop/run look like.They do like to find my ferns and go under them when it gets warm, but we haven't had the high temps like we are going to experience.
     

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  2. BarnhartChickens98

    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

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    They should be OK outside but i would be sure to give them plenty of cold/ice water to keep cool. Some chickens even like wading in a few inches of water to cool off. Frozen watermelon is also a favorite to keep them cool. Good luck!
     
  3. Soy Milano

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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    This wouldn't be good for them, IMO.
    A fan might help bring cooler air into coop late in the day. I have one on the east side of the coop that I turn on for a couple hours before roost time to push some hot air out of coop.

    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.
    Can mix up a smaller amount, just wrap the packet tight and store in a dry cool place. Always have plain water available too.
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    BIG(9x14x2") chunks of ice last all day for wading, sitting, and sipping.
    Much more useful to the chickens than frozen foods and treats.
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    Make space in your freezer!
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