My chicks are HOT...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Desert Peep, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Desert Peep

    Desert Peep Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, I'm a newbie to chickens and need some help. I've gotten tons of great information from BYC; Thanks!! I live in southern Arizona and am looking for suggestions for keeping my chicks cool. Our summertime temps regularly top 100 degrees or more for months on end. My chicks are about 6 weeks old. They are breathing with their mouths open so I know they're hot. I read that heat stress can shorten their life span. They have a 16x 10 covered run and a large open air coop inside the run. I've considered a portable swamp cooler, fan, and a mister. Anyone have ideas on keeping the girls cool and comfortable?
     
  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's the run covered with? What shade is available?

    I use shade and a mister.
     
  3. Desert Peep

    Desert Peep Out Of The Brooder

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    Solid blue tarp. The entire run is covered. I've also been watering down the ground every morning. They like to scratch up the damp dirt and lay in it. Because of the heat and dryness, the dirt doesn't stay wet for long.
     
  4. dedicateddourly

    dedicateddourly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there,

    I'm a newbie too, and I don't have to deal with extreme heat, BUT I do remember reading about someone who lay a cooler on its side and put in blocks of frozen blue ice wrapped in a towel or something to keep it clean (just throw the towel in the washer). The chickens could cool themselves off in the "air-conditioned" room whenever they needed to. I thought it was a great idea.

    -dd
     
  5. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Come see us in the AZ thread--lots of good ideas there!

    The biggest thing is SHADE & WATER

    You can also try frozen water bottles or make an AC-d room like this:
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    Water to wade in:
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    Lots of people use misters or wet down the run in the morning. [​IMG]
     
  6. Desert Peep

    Desert Peep Out Of The Brooder

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    That is a good idea; I never thought of that. That way they can control how cool they want to be. Thank you.
     
  7. Desert Peep

    Desert Peep Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry for the stupid question, but how do I get to the AZ Thread?
     
  8. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    It is not a stupid question...I always invite people, but never remember to put the link [​IMG]

    Go here

    We're on page 680 right now (look at your address bar after clicking... last 3 digits)
     
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  9. pkw

    pkw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in the Mojave Desert here in California. We regularly have 100+ temps here for many, many months also. My chicken coop is a single wide mobile home and is pretty spacious for the chicks even as they get older. This past Tuesday my husband installed a window swamp cooler in the chicken house and we have 3 fans in there also. So far it feels really cool back there but then it hasn't reached the 100's yet.
     
  10. Dog Goatee

    Dog Goatee New Egg

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    I also live in Tucson and I'm also new at having chickens. I have swap cooling and what I have done is I bought a large wired dog crate and put is up against the doggie door. I only have 2 hens so a dog crate works for them and they had no problem finding there way inside. The dog never goes out when it gets to be over 90 so blocking the doggie door is no problem. The dog is obviosly smarter than I am. I was just out there and it's freaking HOT! 105!
     

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