Smoke and Chickens. Should I move my hens inside?

What would you do with dangerous air quality?

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Premium Feather Member
Jun 21, 2020
I just gave that post an update a little bit ago, fyi. Chickens have notoriously weak respiratory systems, they need to come inside the garage or house....or as some folks have recommended, hang up wet sheets over their run and the venting in the coop. Good Luck ! I'm in Central Oregon and the AQI is 480 right now 😭
Yes ik, I’m so sorry that the wild fires must happen. It makes me so sad to realize how much forest is being destroyed. A few years ago, before I was a chicken keeper, there were terrible wild fires on the mountain that you could see from my house- not severe but bad enough to ruin the air. We almost decided to leave and stay in Florida until it had died down, but we decided it was to much of a hassle. I’m glad I did not have to deal with chickens at the time, but it would have been scary
Sep 13, 2019
Sorry if I am on and off, I like to limit my online time, plus I will be making dinner around 2:30.
I am also trying to learn guitar, I have a beautiful one with me right now, but I only know 1-2 chords and how to strum along to music

Patrice Stout

In the Brooder
Jun 22, 2017
Hi, everyone! Where I am in Washington, the air quality is lingering between Very Unhealthy and Dangerous. It's very hard to see outside because of all of the smoke, and I can't go out there without getting asthma. My chickens are troopers and handling it fairly well, but I'm still concerned about their health. Do you have any tips for helping my chickens handle the smoke outdoors, or do you recommend I move them inside immediately? Or do you think they'll be fine as it is? Also, are there any red flags I should look for in my flock if they're not handling it well? And what I should do should their health decrease? Thank you so much for taking the time to reply!
How about using Vetrx to boost their respiratory system? I live in Colorado and when the air gets bad (fires or a change in wind from the west coast) I put the Rx in the water for a few days. I also read to place shallow pans of water about to help improve the coop air quality. I think you have to change it a few times a day though as the particulates land on the surface (which is what you want)

Hen Chatter

In the Brooder
Apr 27, 2019
Chickens (actually all birds) are susceptible to getting pneumoconiosis from smoky, dusty, or polluted environments. It's like smoker's lung, only in chickens it happens faster. They won't show they are sick until they are very ill. If the smoke is bothering you, it is worse for the chickens. Even in the Pacific NW, it has been bad. To start, I've been watering everything down. Good luck!

I just asked an expert I know, and this is what he said: chickens accrue considerable pneumoconiosis over time as ground birds, so they can easily tolerate the air there.

So, I'll take his answer first!
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