So the weather has been incredibly hot! I brought my two large chickens into the house and put them in an old dog crate. They stopped panting almost immediately, however they became very messy quickly. Pine shavings were everywhere! Like up to 10 feet away from the crate.....They had to go. I put them back outside in the evening, but the next day continued to be hot. I froze some water bottles and laid them on the coop floor, the chickens avoided them like the plague....SO I had to figure out a better way! The next day I was filling the waterer and had, a great idea. I put one of the frozen bottles in the waterer! It kept the water cool for hours! And since I hang my waterer, the chickens are able to lay under it and near it when it is hot, so they are slightly cooler. The water appeared to stay cleaner longer as well. Not sure if that was because I put the frozen bottle in there or not. Hope you try it! If anyone else has any other great ideas....like how to get the chickens to use the roosting poles and go in the little house up top or the coop in a RAINSTORM, it would be appreciated!