my poor hens are sooo hot... help with tips to keep them cool..

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Wendy'sChicksRock, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Songster

    Aug 8, 2010
    Oakland county ,MI
    we're in a heat wave ( index's of 110 ) and my poor girls look sooo unhappy. I have two fans out there and we keep frozen water bottles in the water'ers...aside from putting in a window A/c unit...
    (I did try but the hubby said NO way... ) im out of Ideas so please share them if you can.

    Thanxs a bunch

  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    I found that giving watermelon helps a lot! Or electrolytes in their water with vitamins. A shallow pan of water is nice also, but it takes a while for them to be brave enough to wade in it. Shade is important. I hose down the run and wet the sand inside their run. Some peope use sprinklers too.
  3. gmendoza

    gmendoza Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    Here is a new idea from my inventions:

    If your coop is big enough and you have a plastic pallet,put that in the run or coop,then get empty 2 liter bottles.fill them with water and freeze overnight.then take bottles out and stick under pallet.About 6-10 bottles will do. then wet the top of the pallet.It acts as an evap cooler.Along with a fan in the coop and you just made a swamp cooler with a bird platform.

    Must get pics.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I stocked up on bags of frozen peas - mine are kind of take it or leave it about watermelon. I go out a couple of times in the hottest part of the day and they gobble up the peas and it seems to cool them down. Same with frozen corn.
  5. gregnuttle

    gregnuttle In the Brooder

    May 30, 2011
    Reno, NV
    x2 on the watermelon... my girls LOVE it on a hot day.

  6. crookedcreekranch

    crookedcreekranch In the Brooder

    Jan 1, 2010
    After losing 2 chickens last year to the heat, I am using sprinklers this year. I turn the sprinkler on in the heat of the day and it goes back and forth between my 2 pens. I make sure that some area is "sprinkled" and there is some of their play area that is left dry. When it is really hot, I watch them run under the water and get sprinkled on and then retreat to the dry area. I also put a bowl of water where the sprinkler hits it...that way the water is always full, fresh and cool. We have had a week of temps over 100 here in Kansas and so far everyone has survived.
  7. DreadElliot

    DreadElliot In the Brooder

    May 19, 2011
    Coventry, RI
    Index 105-109 today. The girls are in shade all day thanks to Very Large Maple. They have plenty of water. Do you think they will be okay?
  8. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Hello! I like to offer them chilled veggies and fruits, like watermelon and cucumbers........That's a nice, refreshing treat for them. I do have a garden though, so we have extra. I know that can be expensive.

    I also take cool whip containers and I fill them with water and freeze them, making nice big ice chunks to put in their water.

    My poor flock is panting, with their wings out........I feel so bad for them!
  9. BarredRock971

    BarredRock971 In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2011
    X3 for watermelon. My chickens' favorite treat!

  10. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Songster

    Aug 8, 2010
    Oakland county ,MI
    they went nuts for the watermelon....and im off to get a sprinkler for them... thanxs for the tips....

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