It's HOT! Will they use a pool?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kimntep, May 13, 2011.

  1. kimntep

    kimntep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2010
    Ocala, Florida
    A few of you have talked about a kiddie pool for the chickens. Hubs says there's no way they'll get in it, but I want to give it a try. Even in the early evening, they are breathing from their mouths and have their wings out, trying to cool off. Other suggestions??
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    They probably won't use a pool, but they might use a fan and misters.
  3. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Re-fill their water as often as you can, and when you cannot re-fill, throw some ice cubes, or a frozen
    water bottle into the water bowl. You could buy a watermelon, take out the parts you want, and freeze

    the rims. Once frozen, give them the leftover rims and they go crazy! It cools them down fairly
    well, to. [​IMG] You can freeze any kind of safe fruit or veggie. Fans are a big help, as the above
    poster mentioned. I really don't think they will use a pool. My chickens wouldn't dare to, anyways [​IMG] .
    Last edited: May 13, 2011
  4. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    I set my hose on mist and hook it up to spray in part of the run. My chickens seem to enjoy getting just the slighest bit wet. You can also freeze fruits/veggies...Give them a whole chilled watermelon. And if all else fails fill a few gallon jugs with water and freeze...Then put them in the coop and you have instant air conditioner. MY chickens will practically sit on these when its really hot...

    I really dont think that they would go in a pool....I have 4 pools at all times for my ducks and geese and have yet to see a chicken in one.
  5. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    They don't swim, but they will walk in shallow water to cool off. You're better off using a shallow pan of some type, that's easier for them to step into. You can place them in it at first, to help them get the idea. I have one that loves to walk or stand in water even when it's cool out. She's my spa queen and loves to soak her feet. [​IMG]
  6. dgecko

    dgecko Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2011
    My turkeys use a shallow pan or even a pool if its not to deep. They like it about toe deep
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    The thing to remember about misters and sprayers is to NOT let the feed get wet. When it gets hot outside and the feed gets wet, it will mold really fast. The mold is deadly to chickens.

    I have tried the shallow pans of water, mine never liked it much. I just provide lots of shade, cool fresh water every few hours and a fan for the really beastly days. They seem to cool off more by dust bathing in the shade. [​IMG]
  8. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Mine love the "kiddie pool" with typically 6 inches of cool water in it. They have no interest if the water is warm. So I keep the pool in the shade and change the water every 2-3 days.

    Pools in the background beneath the coop overhang.

    ETA - I runs misters beneath the cedar tree they love AND in the run. They love them too. With the lower humidity, the air temps really drop to a comfortable level. A 17 - 20 degree measured drop in temperature occurs
    Last edited: May 13, 2011
  9. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2010
    Mine like to stand in the lid of a large rubber maid with just about an inch of water in it. Anything deaper seems to freak them out. Also be careful with the misters down here, and don't put them in an enclosed area/coop - it will just raise the humidity. When it is really hot I like to freeze bottles of water, take the cap off, and stick it into their waterer upside down. Otherwise, just plenty of shade and places to dust-bathe.
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:I agree about the temp drop, but how does running a mister lower the humidity?

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