Hot weather! How to cool them?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kanga77510, May 31, 2010.

  1. Kanga77510

    Kanga77510 Songster

    Oct 10, 2009
    Santa Fe, TX
    It's already in the 90s in south Texas and it's only the end of May/early June. How do I keep the girls cool? They have shade from trees, and some from the shadow of the garage. Will they need a trap or umbrella type covering? I've tired introducing a dish pan of water to soak their feet in, but they looked at me like I was nuts. I just put a fan in the coop too. It's up high, in a window.

    What else can I do. The poor girls are already panting.

  2. I have used one gallon milk jugs for my rabbits for year...when it gets in the 100's I put two in with the mini-lop...she will lie between girl!

    Plan to do the same for my chicks...been putting 20 oz frozen bottles in the chick hutches on our enclosed porch and have a fan blowing on them. Plus I added ice to the nipple waterers.
  3. MotherJean

    MotherJean Songster

    I set up a water misting system inside my greenhouse and it was very inexpensive. If I lived in heat like you have, I'd set up a misting system for my chicken run. I bought a battery operated timer, too, so I can set it up to mist for anything from 1-60 minutes as well as automatically turn on/off every 1-24 hours. I think the whole shebang cost me around $35.00. The mist that comes out is about what you see at the grocery store in the produce section. I have friends in California that have these misters set up around their patio. You get cool without getting soaked.

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