protecting the flock in desert heat

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by maranda, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. maranda

    maranda Chirping

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    Hi friends:) I have 6 young girls right now and we are trying to figure out the best way to build a coop/ run to protect them in the palm desert heat. We have a prefab coop set up now, but are purchasing a 10 ×10 dog run to give them more space. We are not sure what to use as roofing...would shade screening work or something that produces more shade? Also, does anyone have things they have tried in the heat that have worked to keep there flock cool in 100+ weather? we want to make sure our girls thrive, not just survive the summer heat:) Thank you in advance for your advice!
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    I suggest shade cloth--I got 70%, also is it possible there to plant things that grow fast and shade the south side.....I have set up fans, and given ice in the water. There are lots of threads discussing dealing w heat, do a search.....
     
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  3. maranda

    maranda Chirping

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    Thank you Sue!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I'd give them the deepest (all day) shade you can create.
    Electrolytes can be a huge help...as can a misting system in your desert climate.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/search/22353290/?q=hot+weather&t=post&o=relevance&c[title_only]=1
     

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