Off the deep end??

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by 65browneyes, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Songster

    Mar 2, 2007
    Good thing I can think on my feet.........I've managed to do it about 3 times in my life! LOL I'm sure you all know, it's been a bit toasty here in the desert (113 yesterday). I worry about the girls in this heat. I've been buying 10lb ice blocks for them (they love to stand on them). I keep as many frozen 2 liter bottles as I can (the rabbit gets one or two every day). But, there's only so much room in my freezer.

    I've been contemplating options for their cooling. The "hilton" is at least 50 years old, and is not wired for electricity, so fans aren't an option. Soooo, I've been everywhere in my thoughts from the ice blocks, the bottles, spraying the coop and run down (drought conditions & water conservation prevent that from going on too much), to building a box under the floor for a dry ice block, etc, etc, etc.

    The ice blocks seem the best option. What do I do?.......I go out and buy a new freezer!!! Course, I justify that by telling DH we can use it for overflow from the house, so on and so on. But, honestly, the ONLY reason I bought it is because of the girls.

    DH says they eat better than half the people in our area do. And, with this lastest acquisition, I'd say they ARE spoiled! LOL
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Gosh, short of running a misting system, try running some extension cords down and put in a box fan is all I would know of to do.
  3. nu2chixinmo

    nu2chixinmo In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2007
    Sturgeon, MO

    OK, I am not the only one who does the frozen ice! My DH thought i was crazy, and ditto at the end about the chickens eating better than some people.
  4. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    We dug a small trench and ran some electrical cord under ground and hooked up a plug & light switch inside the coop. The other end I placed a plug on it and just plugged it in the outlet on the outside of house. I don't think it ran $20 bucks for everything. I thought it would be so hard to do and it was so simple and the cord is under ground now and out of the way when we mow the yard.
  5. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    if it's to far to run a cord you could look around for a 12 volt fan. there used in boats, semi's, motor homes and can be attached straight to a battery (try to find a deep cycle it will last longer)

    you can get a fan for about 15-20 bucks and a battery for 30-50.
  6. ThunderStruck

    ThunderStruck Songster

    May 18, 2007
    Sterling, Ohio

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