Looking at 105 degrees today!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Roy Rooster, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All, [​IMG]

    This is the hottest day of the year thus far. I am looking for ways to help
    keep the flock cool.

    I put ice in their water several times a day.

    Was wondering would a small kiddie pool in the pen be
    a good idea??

    Thanks
     
  2. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    If they are not used to being in a kiddie pool, they won't use it. However, you can place them in it, holding them there to acclimate to it. They cool down quickly and quit panting. Then I let go and they exit when they want.

    I run a sprinkler around a tree each morning so they always have damp ground (which has a cooling effect close to the ground).

    We are 105-110 and all is fine.
     
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  3. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thank you for the great information.

    I am hoping that they do okay today. This
    is the hottest it has been here this
    year. I am sure we have more hot days
    to come.

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  4. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use a large bin,
    and dip them in when its very hot.

    at first they dont like it, but they learn to LOVE it!
     
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    It took about a week before they liked to sit in front of the big fan and also walking under the dripping water from the sprinkler. They even like being out in the rain now.
     
  6. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you dip them in the pool of water do you just dip their
    feet or get their feathers wet?

    Thanks Again BYCers.
     
  7. Aub

    Aub Out Of The Brooder

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    I just have a few girls and even though (briefly) about bringing them in the house! It's going to be a hot one here too. I may fill a kitty litter box with cool water for them to stand in.l I don't think I'll let mine get too wet. I have a few silkies and I don't think they would dry very well.
    Some nice cold watermelon is always a nice treat, too!
     
  8. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Everyone. [​IMG]


    I have fans going, replace ice in the water about
    ever few hours and cool treats. Hopefully that will
    do it.

    They did not like the pool so I did not push it.

    I will just hope for the best [​IMG]
     
  9. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Hosing down the dirt in the pens will help, too. i also have fans outside. i used misters around the pens last year, but haven't put them up this year yet. Good luck. Chickens aren't very happy when the temps get that high.
     
  10. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Its really hot here today too. I froze a watermelon for my birdies. Its easier to freeze it after you cut it in half (guess how I found that out). I also froze 2 gallon size milk jugs and sat them in their drinking pans- they are 2 quart square pans. The jugs have been in the water for a while now and they are still mostly frozen. Good luck!
     

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