How hot is to hot?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kudzu, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Kudzu

    Kudzu Songster

    Mar 27, 2011
    I have a complete open air coop/run, very spacious for 5 hens. The temperature has been hovering around 100 degrees with high humidity. We keep plenty of water on hand and have shade cloth on all but a small portion of the pen. Do I need to worry about the heat? I can always rig up a fan but I don't want to do this unless it is necessary. All or any help is appreciated.
  2. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Songster

    Mar 18, 2011
    Laurens SC
    we've all been talking about that very thing.. some are using pools, some are using iced packs, some are using misters - I m in Sc and I am going to try misters even though yea i have humitiy but not like s. fla or s ga... a lady just 20 min from me uses a mister and has had great success and it does not wet the ground like you would think... check her post on the South Carolina thread she is in gafney Sc and posted pics she said her chickens do use it and that it does help with the heat.. I tell ya this summer is going to be rough.. tomorrow is supposed to be 97 .. the 5th of june.. ahhhh what will we do in late july and aug. I bet all the air conditioner people are loving this ...

    Oh wet sand is another thing people are trying.. let us know what you chose and how it works out..

  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    You have done it right, the birds will do the rest.
  4. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

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  5. LindsayB

    LindsayB Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    Cypress, Texas
    They'll be fine. During the hottest part of the day they will probably lay down in the shade or under something and rest. You can offer them some frozen melon on really hot days, mine love that...on any day lol. Just remember that chickens have been around for a LONG time and most of the wild ones live in the hottest climates. They can handle it. [​IMG]
  6. elmo

    elmo Crowing

    May 23, 2009
    Watch how your chickens are behaving. They'll pant and hold their wings out away from their bodies when they're too warm.
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Its fricking hot here in the Lone Star State. My chickens are under the deck they won't come out till the afternoon atleast their safe there. Its only June wait till August I'll need oxgen.
  8. Kudzu

    Kudzu Songster

    Mar 27, 2011
    We live in Mississippi and it is hot and humid. We have a small flower bed next to the pen and when we water we place the sprinkler where it waters the coop. The water drips down thru the shade cloth and the chickens seem to like it. Someone suggested I watch their behavior, if they are holding their wings out, well yea, we are all doing that, it's hot.

    Thanks for the replies; I think I will hold off on the fan.
  9. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Songster

    May 2, 2010
    Kudzu, I'm in MS too. I am just about at a loss for what else to do to help my chickens cool off. We've got to figure something out quick-like! All of mine are panting and some are holding their wings away from their body. It's miserable for all of us! Please let me know if you find a good solution!
  10. SallyF

    SallyF Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Mine are holding their wings out also. I just make sure they have water to drink and shade to hang out in.

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