Our Hillbilly Swamp Cooler

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dawn419, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    We've been in the 100's for the last 9 out of 10 days here in TN. Regardless of chilled fruit and soda bottle ice blocks, the gang was still panting. DH suggested adding this to the back of our small coop to help cool everyone off. They love it!!!

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    Some of the gang enjoying the cooler air that now blows through their yard...

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    Made by using a dish towel tacked to the wooden frame, the bottom of the towel sits in a tub of water and acts as a wick. We had all of this on hand and didn't have to spend a penny setting it up.

    Dawn
     
  2. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    Great ingenuity!!! That cool air makes a big difference...I bet they are much happier now...[​IMG]
     
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Thanks Mayberry!

    If there was more room, I'd be in there with them! [​IMG]
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
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    Good idea! Fortunately it's a rare occasion when it get hot enough around here to have to cool off the birds. [​IMG]
     
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Angie,

    It's not usually this hot here. I've living here for 20 years now and can't recall the heat being this bad for so long. It hasn't helped that we're not getting our usual rains this year either. We are -13.40" behind for the year here.
     
  6. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2007
    Massachusetts
    LOL,,,love the Hillbilly Swamp Cooler. I saw the weather today and it is broiling down there,,,,I hope you all get some relief soon.
     
  7. cookinmom

    cookinmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH, that is a great idea!
     
  8. dragonlili

    dragonlili Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you put ice in the water? Does it actually mist them? A couple of my hens are getting really pale, we're up on a hill so it's fairly breezy, but a 106 degree breeze isn't much help [​IMG]
    Today was unreal!! I think the mid 90s next week will feel wonderful compared to this [​IMG]
     
  9. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
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    Heck I might have to rig one of those in the living room!
     
  10. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds are always panting too, I tried putting a fan out there but I guess it was so old it just broke down. [​IMG]
    By the way, you have a beautiful flock.
     

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