Show pics of your wading pools for chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ellie, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    I am thinking about getting something to keep my chickens cool for the summer. I would love to see what you have for yours.

    Please share pictures so I can see what everyone has.

  2. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    I guess I wasn't aware chickens wade? Mine like shade trees and dirt baths.....but not a wading pool. [​IMG]
  3. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    My chickens just dust themselves with dirt. and hide out in the shade. i've found chickens are kinda afraid of water ( i put one of my hens in the pool). After 10 secs. all the oil on her feathers had came off so she started sinking. so i put her out then LOL.
  4. debbyluvschickens

    debbyluvschickens Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    eastern arkansas
    If it gets really hot, I put a fan out there for them, and they sit in the shade and let the fan blow on them while they take dirt baths, but with the fan blowing, they give EVERYTHING dirt
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Wading pools good for dogs and ducks....not so good for chickens.

    Shade is the best thing for them - and adding a fan if necessary in the coop.
  6. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    I have wading pools for my ducks, the chickens never get in them, only to drown. I lost one of my good hens when it drowned in the pool, I think that the goat was chasing her and she got in the water and drowned.
    They dust themselves like DTchickens said. sometimes there will be several in one dirt hole.
    just keeping their drinking waters full of clean fresh water and having lots of shade should do the trick keeping them cool.
  7. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Our girls have a shallow, 2" deep (or a little deeper), flat bottom pan that they stand in during hot weather. I have one that does not tolerate heat at all. I change the water several times a day in the summer. It never fails either, the pan is always muddy! They love to scratch in the mud that they have learned to make beside the pan. Messy kids!
  8. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    One of my waterers is a round plastic tub about 4" deep and 16" across; during the summer the chickens really seem to like to wade in it to cool down. I keep it in the shade, and clean and fill it every couple of days; it's their choice to drink or wade, so I am assuming that the water on their legs, where there's no insulating feathers and the blood supply is close to the surface, may really help to cool them down. They also like to wade in the water when they are free-ranging and I am watering my trees. I don't have any waterers deep enough for them to drown in.

    Sorry I don't have a pic right now; I'm not at home, but will try to take one this afternoon when I get there.
  9. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Thanks, Rt.66; I would love to see it. Thanks, everyone else too. I probably didn't say it right, I know they don't swim. I just want something that they can walk around in and get their feet wet. I live where it gets VERY hot for days and days (think triple digits).

    I do have all the other things for them: an automatic mister, ice in their water, and an air conditioned coop! I just want something very shallow that they can walk in. I know that cooling off one's feet can make a huge difference, when it is 118 degrees outside, LOL.

    Thanks and please post more pictures if you can. Someone mentioned 2x4's with heavy plastic or visqueen. I would like to see that.

  10. MiniDriver

    MiniDriver Songster

    Nov 15, 2007
    Mine just hide out in the dirt under the hostas.

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