Hot days & "hosing down" the girls....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jbrown_14105, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. jbrown_14105

    jbrown_14105 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello list,
    Well it been 95-100 each day and even though the chickens have a (hot) breeze & there is shade in the chicken yard in the form of a large tree, I have sprayed my flock with a water mist from the garden hose AFTER the water has cooled down flowing out of the hose.
    "Nothing madder than a wet hen" but they do seem more active after getting wet.
    By evening they have dried off and it is coop time.
    Any other ideas out there in these high temps...?
    They do run when ever I pick up the hose and get near.....(lol)
    Jim Brown
    Lockport NY 14094
     
  2. NewCitySong

    NewCitySong Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:[​IMG] "Madder than a wet hen!!!" [​IMG]

    I tried that also but they panic and it seemed to make them hotter.

    I saw a reply to a thread in here somewhere and it suggested freezing two liter bottles which I thought was an excellent idea and so I'm trying it today. I also froze bowls of water and put the big ice cube (minus the bowl) inside their waterer. And as a bonus in one big ice cube I put cut up veggies so they have a "chick-sickle". So far haven't lost any of em.
     
  3. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Set the hose nozzle to very fine mist just upwind of their run. The evaporation will give a cooling breeze.
     

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