Muddy Chicken

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

  1. willowtreecreek

    willowtreecreek Out Of The Brooder

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    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!

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

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

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

    willowtreecreek Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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