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Muddy Chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by willowtreecreek, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. willowtreecreek

    willowtreecreek In the Brooder

    May 10, 2008
    Okay I have a chicken question. we have had temperatures well over 100 for the last few days and it is expected to last a few more days. I set up one of those mist-er hoses on one end of my chicken run. I have it up high so it isn't soaking the ground. Just cooling the air and getting a few little drops of dew on their feathers if they stand near it too long. Most of the girls just run past it real quick to cool off. I have one chicken that keeps standing in it until she gets really wet and then she goes and rolls in the dust until she looks all messy and muddy. Should I be concerned about this? Is it bad for her health? Do I need to take the mist-er down? Please help!
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    She's fine don't worry about it.... probably feels GREAT to her!
  3. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    good way to cool off if your a chicken !!!!! maybe she is half duck [​IMG]
  4. willowtreecreek

    willowtreecreek In the Brooder

    May 10, 2008
    Oh good! I went out there and she was literally covered in mud. I thought "OH NO WHAT HAVE I DONE" She seemed happy but I just didn't know! With a heat index of 113 today I know I needed to do something. They also have a big roasting pan (I KNOW) that I fill with Ice when it gets really hot. They all crowd into it. It really is funny in some ironic way! Thanks!
  5. A Carolina Chick

    A Carolina Chick Songster

    Apr 16, 2008
    My sweet hubby made a wand mister for me using pvc pipe and misting nozzles and a threaded end to attach a water hose. We cut it on for a minute or two when it is hot and it cools the coop down ASAP via evaporative cooling.
  6. ridgefire

    ridgefire Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    My girls just love love love the mud. They fight over the best spots after a rain storm. I just let them be chickens and not worry too much.

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