I came up with a solution to a sweltering coop at night.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mianna, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. Mianna

    Mianna In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2013
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Well, it's not pretty, but I figured out a way to keep the girls cool on the especially hot and still nights we've been having lately. I check on them at night when it's exceptionally hot, and quite a few times I found them panting and holding their wings out because it was hot and humid with no breeze whatsoever. I started freezing water bottles to place on the roosts beside them, which they seemed to appreciate, but (of course) they ended up getting knocked down onto the floor. My coop has a peaked roof and the top roost is about 2' from the highest point of the roof, so I stapled elastic hair ties to the roof so that I could mount the frozen bottles. Two ties per bottle to keep them level has so far kept them snugly in place, and the cold air sinks to give the girls some relief from the heat. It isn't pretty, but it's cheap and is helping a lot, nobody was panting when I checked on them last night. [​IMG]
  2. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    suburbia Chicagoland
    Great solution! Cool air drops, so therefore, over the roosts is the best place to put the frozen bottles!
  3. nicnac2112

    nicnac2112 In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2013
    what a wonder idea...will keep that in mind for my girls as well....the girls dont care if its pretty they just want to be cool...a very smart idea :D
  4. Greta idea. Last year, we got some chicks and then hit the hottest stretch of weather in Wisconsin history. I used the same technique.. frozen bottles in the brooder. Worked like a charm.
  5. OrganicVanek

    OrganicVanek In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2013
    wow, great idea! I'm going to have to remember that one!

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