Keeping Coop Cool During Hot Spells

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by doodledo, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. doodledo

    doodledo Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    We finally got some warmer weather and was wondering how to keep the coop cool so the chicks are happy. I do remember reading where someone placed frozen water bags inside for the chicks to lay against. I gave mine some cold watermelon today and they ate it up.
  2. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I have a shallow pan about 3'x3' and about 2" deep full of cold water. I noticed when my chickens get hot and start to pant when I pick them up their feet felt really hot. I put the pan of water out and picked up a couple of chicks and put them in the water. Now when they get to hot they run and jump in the pan of water to cool off their hot feet.

    Edited to add: As far as keeping the coop Walmart has rechargeable battery operated fans. I sit mine in the window. It does ok but not much helps in 100 degree weather here in the south.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2007
  3. cookinmom

    cookinmom Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Saint George GA
    We put a fan in the coop for them, and sometimes leave the hose running in their run, just real low, for them to play in. They do like cukes and melons straight from the fridge too. [​IMG]
  4. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Songster

    Apr 9, 2007
    around Katy, Tx
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    It was pretty hot here today. I have tried misting my birds but they HATE it. Running around screeching and flapping - It really upsets them. So now I just turn a fan on them and hope the moving air helps.
  6. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    I freeze my 1 gal waterer 2/3 full each the AM fill it with water and put it outside where the girls free-range. The water stays icy cold throughout the day. This is adequate for 36 chickens. Even when it has been 95 degrees, the water is still cold at 5 PM with a chunk of ice still left.
  7. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Songster

    Mar 2, 2007
    We've been over 110 here several days over the last couple weeks.

    I try to keep cold watermelon, canteloupe, etc to give them during the day, but the main 'cooler' I have for them is to spray the coop down at least twice during the day (more often if I can). They don't like to be sprayed, and will run and hide in the hen house (which I also spray down). I try to spray the area down in the evenings after chores, too. It stays fairly warm in there for them at night, and that last spray down seems to make a big difference.

    They have a couple not-so-big shade trees that help some.

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